| May/June 2001

When tough times hit last year, the British Internet company decided to downsize democratically. For two months, staffers voted for their favorite layoff candidates each Friday, writes Matthew de Abaitua in The Idler (Winter 2000). Monday morning the ballots were tallied and the pink slip dispatched to the unfortunate winner. "It’s a ruthless system," says CEO Mark Westerberg, "but it ensures those who are least essential to the ongoing success of go first." Westerberg, incidently, retains a veto.

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