Ah yes - let's give your teammates a say in whether you get fired or not. A vote, if you will!
Check out the video below from the Minute MBA series. It's featuring a company called Valve, a maker of the video games your kids love to play (Left for Dead, anyone?). The focus is on the Valve way of firing - everyone on the team gets a vote.
Sounds progressive, right? I like this in theory, and I think the deeper you get into organizational history of where this has been the case, the more serious employees would take the responsibility.
The bigger issue for me? It's not show friends, it's show business. I'd be worried that I don't get enough votes to fire someone because they're a nice person. We hear it all the time in employee surveys - what do you like best about working at ACME? The people. I love the people I work with.
Unfortunately, liking someone doesn't equal results. I'd be more worried in this system about not getting people fired than the people who actually got fired, because let's face it - if 10 of your 12 teammates voted to kick you to the curb, you had it coming.
It's the other way I'd be worried about. What about you?
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