Geonetric Certified as Freedom-Centered Workplace for Fourth Consecutive Year

Geonetric is the only organization in Iowa recognized by WorldBlu for practicing freedom at work.

Cedar Rapids, IA – April 12, 2017 – WorldBlu®, a company specializing in freedom-centered, democratic organizational design and leadership, today announced it has certified Cedar Rapids-based Geonetric as part of the 11th annual WorldBlu List of Freedom-Centered Workplaces, published annually on “Freedom at Work” Day. Over the past 11 years, WorldBlu has certified 150 organizations impacting over a million employees worldwide.

“We’re proud to be one of only 24 organizations worldwide to earn this honor. Over the years, we’ve evolved from being just a cool company in Cedar Rapids to one that is recognized globally for our efforts to truly empower employees and promote their well-being. We know that employees who feel valued and trusted are happier at work and produce better results for our clients,” says Linda Barnes, CEO of Geonetric. “We’ve realized higher employee satisfaction and client satisfaction since practicing freedom at work. Our self-directed teams produce value for our company from the bottom up, not the top down.”

WorldBlu evaluates an organization’s practice of democratic principles such as transparency, dialogue, listening, integrity, decentralization, and accountability.

“Companies that practice freedom rather than fear in their workplace in terms of how they operate and treat their employees average almost seven times higher revenue growth compared to companies on the S&P 500 Index,” explains WorldBlu Founder and CEO, Traci Fenton. “Organizational democracy is the framework for freedom, and it’s a proven strategy for creating world-class cultures and highly sustainable companies.”

Organizations are eligible for the WorldBlu List of Freedom-Centered Workplaces after employees complete The WorldBlu Freedom at Work Scorecard, which evaluates their practice of the WorldBlu 10 Principles of Organizational Democracy. Organizations from the for-profit and non-profit sectors in operation for at least one full year with five or more employees can apply.

About WorldBlu Founded in 1997, WorldBlu is a community of individuals and organizations from over 80 countries committed to practicing freedom and democracy in the workplace.


About Geonetric®

Geonetric is a 17-year-old digital agency that helps healthcare brands across the country thrive through effective marketing and distinctive websites. The Cedar Rapids-based company employs more than 70 creative and talented individuals. Named to the Inc. 5000 list for seven consecutive years and a two-time recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness, Geonetric is continuously recognized for its exceptional work environment. In addition to the company’s efforts in advancing the healthcare technology industry, Geonetric is also focused on improving the Cedar Rapids community. Whether by supporting local entrepreneurship efforts or building websites for non-profits during the company’s annual Operation Overnight event, community involvement is built into the foundation of Geonetric’s culture.

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