FAVI : What if we fired all the managers ?

28 Favi, Et si on supprimait les managers VA ST ANG MIXE CRYPTE

At the beginning of the 1970s, CEO Jean-François Zobrist decided to… fire all the managers.

Many thought of him as crazy but he believed in his own method. At the beginning of the 1970s, Jean François Zobrist CEO of a spare parts factory in France, was looking to cut down on operating costs without touching the R&D or marketing budgets. He decided to supress the entire management system: his managers would spend 100% of their time on the factory floor over-controlling the worker’s performances. Today, the factory workers themselves control the fabrication of the spare parts. Freed and autonomous, their productivity increased manifold and it became a European leader in its sector, with low production costs. More importantly, the staff is happy and Jean-François takes pride in the fact the factory has never lived through a strike.

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