Democracy? Don't make me laugh

Jul 01 2008 by Derek Torres Print This Article

I had a great laugh reading this article from Reuters India that mentioned that 25% of Americans feel that their company is a dictatorship and over half feel that their employer stifles creativity.

Sadly, I think most countries would display similar study results. However, I still have to askÖ what???

If you're the type of person who wants democracy on the job, you've got two choices: don't work or create your own business. In both cases, you can decide how democratic or not you want to be.

When one chooses to work for someone else, they basically agree to take on a job or task and to execute it in order to make profit for the person cutting the paycheck.

The same goes for creativity, but unless you are in marketing or some other profession that requires creativity, why offer yours? Again, most jobs are created with a specific role in mind; some people just like to expand those roles to make them more interesting.

Don't get me wrong, I've worked for many dictatorial companies in the past, and I've often felt that I haven't been able to contribute my talents to the benefit of the company. In those cases, I left. To me, this study suggests that 25-50% of Americans (and probably workers worldwide) are unhappy and aren't in the right job just yet.