Why I Run a Flat Company | Jason Fried of Inc.com

by Scott Smith

One of the things I like about the arrangement is that it frees us from the often toxic labor-versus-management dynamic, in which neither party truly understands what it’s like to be on the other side. This is where you’ll find a lot of conflict in companies. But because we rotate management duties weekly, everyone is more empathetic toward one another. When you’ll be management soon, you respect management more. Same with labor. It reminds me of one of my favorite quotes, by the philosopher John Rawls: “The fairest rules are those to which everyone would agree if they did not know how much power they would have.” Our support has gotten better, and our customers are happier. We’ve measured the difference, and we know it works.