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posted by on Wednesday March 08 2017, @10:22PM   Printer-friendly
from the socialism-at-work dept.

BBC reports

Do you really need someone to tell you what to do at work? Three years ago, Swedish software consultancy Crisp decided that the answer was no.

The firm, which has about 40 staff, had already trialled various organisational structures, including the more common practice of having a single leader running the company. Crisp then tried changing its chief executive annually, based on a staff vote, but eventually decided collectively that no boss was needed.

Yassal Sundman, a developer at the firm, explains: "We said, 'what if we had nobody as our next CEO--what would that look like?' And then we went through an exercise and listed down the things that the CEO does."

The staff decided that many of the chief executive's responsibilities overlapped with those of the board, while other roles could be shared among other employees. "When we looked at it we had nothing left in the CEO column, and we said, 'all right, why don't we try it out?'" says Ms Sundman.

Because they are all in charge, workers are more motivated, [says Henrik Kniberg, an organisational coach at the firm]. Crisp regularly measures staff satisfaction, and the average is about 4.1 out of five.

Last March, VentureBeat said

Crisp, a boutique consultancy company in Sweden, is made up of approximately 30 people, but none of them are truly "employees". They have zero managers; not even a CEO. Decisions are made through consensus, and instead of relying on some manager to allocate tasks, Crisp developed its own protocol detailing the chain of responsibilities when a new task appears.


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  • (Score: 2) by Grishnakh on Wednesday March 08 2017, @10:52PM (1 child)

    by Grishnakh (2831) on Wednesday March 08 2017, @10:52PM (#476768)

    There's another big factor here, and that's the nature of their business. This is a software consultancy. That type of business is rather different from most businesses, as you're working directly for a customer, much like a contract employee. It doesn't require a lot of management.

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  • (Score: 2, Funny) by Ethanol-fueled on Thursday March 09 2017, @12:18AM

    by Ethanol-fueled (2792) on Thursday March 09 2017, @12:18AM (#476795) Homepage

    They don't need bosses at work because they all have bosses at home - their wives' bulls.