Integritive Makes WorldBlu’s 2011 List of Most Democratic Workplaces

Integritive is proud to announce that we have been officially recognized by WorldBlu as one of the world’s most Democratic Workplaces. A press release surrounding the announcement is below:

Asheville, NC – WorldBlu grants Integritive, inc, an Asheville based Web development and eMarketing company, a spot on the 2011 WorldBlu List of Most Democratic Workplaces.

Integritive is one of fifty-two organizations given this global certification by WorldBlu, a company specializing in organizational democracy. Other well known companies such as Groupon, Zappos, Hulu, 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, New Belgium Brewery, DaVita, Brain Park, 3i Infotech, Great Harvest, Mojo Interactive, and WD-40 also received the recognition.

“It feels fantastic to be recognized along with some of the world leaders in democratic workplaces,” said Integritive CEO John Miles. “It’s wonderful to be honored for something that was a part of Integritive from the beginning.”

Miles, who spoke at TEDx Asheville last year to promote “Happiness in Business,” continued, “It wasn’t really a choice or decision to practice democracy in the workplace; I didn’t see that there was any other way to do it.”

“I started Integritive to create a job for myself where I would be happy, and hoped that one day the business would grow enough to where more people would be happy as well,” said Miles. “It wasn’t until recently that I realized we were unique in that way.”

Organizations from the for-profit, non-profit and government sectors that have been in operation for at least one full year and have at least five employees can apply for the WorldBlu award. To be eligible, employees throughout an organization complete a survey using the online WorldBlu Democratic Workplace Scorecard™. The WorldBlu Scorecard evaluates an organization according to ten principles of organizational democracy, such as transparency and accountability.

Miles added that what really sets Integritive apart and allows them to do their best work is their core values of well-being, mindful expansion, integrity, care and craftsmanship, and thought leadership. Miles said, “Our values allow us to grow creatively and truly provide thought leadership to our clients.”

Integritive’s policies allow employees are able to choose their own job title and amend it as often as they like. They are also able to call a “pow-wow” meeting at any time to discuss problems or projects with any other person on the team, and have complete flextime so they can create and modify their work schedules as needed.

WorldBlu Founder and CEO, Traci Fenton says, “WorldBlu-certified organizations model how more freedom – rather than fear and control in the workplace – increases innovation and employee engagement, as well as boosting the bottom-line.”

The announcement came as part of the fifth annual “Democracy in the Workplace Day” on April 12th to honor organizations across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the UK, India, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Malaysia who made the WorldBlu list.

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