Haufe-Umantis is a Swiss HR-software company that is renowned for its democratic decision-making processes. Since the founding of the company in 2000, they experimented with new forms of organizing. For example, they worked in self-organized "swarms", allowing employees to work where they thought they could add the most value, and thereby "swarming" to the most important problems. However, Haufe-Umantis is best known for its democratic votes among all employees on important strategic decisions, for example, mergers. They also hold leadership elections, where everyone can run campaigns for leadership positions. This means that sometimes people are voted out of a leadership position and Haufe-Umantis embraces that, advocating "spiral careers", where people take on a leadership role for some time and then leave it again, without losing face. And yes, they are consistent with this practice: Their CEO is also chosen by democratic vote.

  • 201-500 employees
  • 2000
  • Privately Held
  • Computer Software
  • organization-wide
  • Radical
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