In a democratic society, should employees get to vote for their supervisors? Why or why not?

Here is the scenario. A company has a supervisor job opening. HR posts the job requirements. A number of respondents put in their applications. HR reviews all applications, and of qualified applicants, posts the qualifications where employees can read and compare. Then on the appointed day, the employees vote to fill the position. We elect government officials and call that freedom and a basic right. Should that extend to the work place? What is wrong or right with this scenario? Good point, Dante.

Asked By: Captain Klepto - 5/27/2010
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Actually Baker Hughes uses something very similar, it is modeled off of the Harley Davidson business model. They hire you on temp and when it comes time to put you on permanently the members of your team get a vote. Also, all supervisors are reviewed by their people at review time.
Answered By: itsamini1 - 5/27/2010
Additional Answers (13)
thats not politics thats a JOB!
Answered By: Rick Astley - 5/27/2010
There is no Democracy in private business...
Answered By: Blueprint for Change - 5/27/2010
Maybe you should offer it as a suggestion to your employer. Don't hold your breath as far as your employer implementing it though.
Answered By: Will - 5/27/2010
A private company has a owner not a society. Comrade!
Answered By: Dio - 5/27/2010
Business isn't a democracy.
Answered By: chuck_junior - 5/27/2010
No... More
Answered By: Destructive Politics The Book - 5/27/2010
You are confusing GOVERNMENT with SOCIETY. They are different. But, as to your question, in some scenarios, that is exactly what happens. Take a corporation for example. Every year, there is a shareholder meeting where the shareholders ELECT the Board of Directors.
Answered By: Dante - 5/27/2010
Sure, and children should vote on their parents.
Answered By: Shovel Ready - 5/27/2010
Well since I put up all of the capital and assume all of the risk you have absolutely no say in who your supervisor will be - when you start your own company and assume all of the risk you can do whatever you would like
Answered By: Mr. Blutarsky 0.0 - 5/27/2010
Not in the private sector, no. If my employees got to pick their own supervisor, they would pick a lax one with no standards. Meritocracy would be replaced with corruption and cronyism.
Answered By: Tommy B - 5/27/2010
Whilst we live in a politically democratic society, we live in a capitalist society. Voting for ones boss would not make economic sense, as the popular people would get in, rather than those who perhaps produce the best results. Also, without elections every few years, how would you get rid of someone who was rubbish... More
Answered By: Kit Fang - 5/27/2010
Promotions are for those that achieve and play the game. It would never work to vote for he who could fire you.
Answered By: Patrick W - 5/27/2010
Well since you're drawing parallels with the way we elect our government perhaps you should carry it further. People get elected based on promises they often have no intentions of keeping or on their personal popularity. Not a good recipe for success in the workplace. A popular supervisor is not always the most... More
Answered By: Mike S - 5/27/2010
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