Building a Democratic Workplace at Geonetric

worldblu certification

Today Geonetric was certified as a Democratic Workplace by WorldBlu. We’re proud to be a company that values its employees and actively works to create such a positive workplace culture.

Geonetric has always been a great place to work. About 18 months ago, we took that a step further – we said “great culture” has to mean more than just amenities like free food and a flexible work environment. So we eliminated our formal management hierarchy and instead created self-organizing, self-managing teams. That was a pretty major step toward a democratic workplace, even before we knew that was a “thing”.

When we first encountered WorldBlu, we were impressed with how closely its ten principles match what we’re already doing at Geonetric – principles like fairness and integrity, purpose and vision, decentralization of authority, transparency of ideas and information, accountability and choice. Receiving the WorldBlu certification validates that employees understand and appreciate the workplace culture we’ve all been working together to build.

According to the Gallup Organization, 73 percent of U.S. employees are disengaged at work, costing the U.S. economy $350 billion annually. WorldBlu’s research shows that democratic workplaces outperform their competitors in engagement, innovation and productivity. At Geonetric, we believe that creating a culture where employees are engaged and productive helps us thrive as a company, allows us to give back to our community, and positions us to deliver great results to our clients.

Of course, there are always areas for us to grow as individuals, teams, and companies. Having other democratic companies in the Corridor – like ICAD Group and Fusionfarm – is a major plus. It gives us the opportunity to network, to learn from and support each other while creating great places to work in the Corridor. And on a broader scale, we’ll have the opportunity to learn from WorldBlu and other certified workplaces around the world. Stay tuned as we continue to share our stories along this journey!

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Linda Barnes

About Linda Barnes

Don’t let Linda’s green belt in Lean Six Sigma or master’s degree in marketing and finance from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management intimidate you. This driven marketing executive brings her high standards for quality to every marketing campaign and branding initiative she manages. But she’s also a people person and values creativity. It’s this unique combination that makes her the perfect person to manage Geonetric’s business development efforts, pushing her team to find new ways to tell Geonetric’s story while still remaining focused on results. With more than 20 years of experience in marketing, communications, sales, strategic planning, and project management, Linda knows a thing or two about developing and executing integrated marketing strategies. Between traveling the country sharing Geonetric’s vision and approving marketing campaign ideas, Linda can be found assembling care packages for her two away-at-college sons and finding new and inventive ways to remodel their old rooms. Tea in the sitting room, anyone?

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