For many employees, there exists a disconnect between effort and reward; too many hours result in too little pay. That frustration is compounded by the insult of capricious office rules and arbitrary management decisions. According to the US Federation of Worker Co-operatives, there are some 300 enterprises in the country that meet the definition of a democratic workplace. Those involved in worker-managed enterprises say that co-ops due to their unique success have the potential to exercise an outsized influence over the larger economy. For Tim Huet and other co-operative pioneers, there is no better way to encourage those progressive habits of mind than by guaranteeing democratic control over the workplace. Chroma Technology is an example of the different forms co-ops can take. The company does not perfectly fit the non-hierarchical ideal. Co-ops day-to-day success occurs through the simple task of providing quality goods and services, and doing so in a way that creates especially happy employees.