Providing transparency in a participative organization

At it-agile, all data concerning the company is accessible by all employees. That includes salaries, expenses, earnings etc. But even though I can dig through all the data to get the information I am after, I wouldn’t say that the information is transparent. The data is distributed over several systems, like Google Docs, Dropbox, our Wiki and probably others. It is way too much effort to find and make sense of.

To share with my colleagues what I learned in my slack time last year, I decided to write a little web app to present the data. (Also, because I have been desperate to try out Meteor for more than just todo lists. So should you. It’s awesome.)

participativeorg-slack

Apart from what gets usually shared, namely “what” people have spent their time on. The app encourages people to describe

  • what they learned,
  • what their goal for the year was,
  • how much it cost,
  • how much time they invested and
  • if they would recommend it to other people.

With that, I hope to make what people do in their slack time at it-agile more transparent and help to share knowledge faster.

Apart from transparency about slack time usage, I am thinking about four other ways to support how we work together.

  • Giving anonymous feedback to colleagues while providing the option for the recipient to respond with clarifying questions.
  • Ranking colleagues to support salary decisions
  • Show the economic status of the company
  • Keeping a repository of decisions we made / maybe also provide a decision mechanism

participativeorg-home

Like I said, we already do all this and the data is (somehow) accessible, I am merely trying to make the data more comprehensible. Right now I am just scratching my own itch and seeing if it catches on with my colleagues. If you are keen (and got a Google account, which you’ll need to log on), you can try it out yourself on participativeorg.meteor.com.

Photo by Pahala Basuki

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