One-third of employees at US software company quit following political ban
About a third of employees at US productivity software company Basecamp have announced their resignation after the company banned political conversations in the workplace.
The mass walkout came after Basecamp chief executive and co-founder Jason Fried published a blog post on Monday explaining the new rules the company has adopted, including the ban on “societal and political discussions on the account of our company Basecamp ”.
He also announced the end of some “paternalistic” fringe benefits, such as fitness and continuing education allowances, and said there would be “no more time to linger or linger. on past decisions ”.
“Given the recent changes at Basecamp, I have decided to step down as design manager,” Jonas Downey, who had worked for the IT company since 2011, said on Twitter Friday.
About 20 of Basecamp’s 57 employees announced their resignations on Twitter, according to a tally from developer John Breen, who works for another company.
To justify the ban on political conversations, Fried said they have become “a major distraction” in the current climate.
“The sensitivities are at 11, and every discussion remotely related to politics, advocacy or society in general quickly turns away from the pleasant,” he writes.
“You shouldn’t have to wonder if staying out of it means you’re an accomplice, or if entering it means you’re a target.”
Polarized debates have animated the United States for months, from the Black Lives Matter movement, to the presidential election in November, to transgender rights.
“We create software for project management, team communication and email. We are not a social impact company … We do not have to solve deep social problems,” Fried added.
He said the company would pay employees the cash value of the cut benefits so they “can spend whatever they want.”
“We’re committed to taking a deeply controversial stance, some employees are relieved, others are furious, and that pretty much describes a lot of the public debate around this as well,” the co-founder and CTO wrote on Wednesday. from Basecamp, David Hansson Publish.
The Basecamp staff members who announced their resignation also included the marketing manager and customer support manager.
“I have resigned my role as Customer Support Manager at Basecamp. I’m four months pregnant so I’m going to take some time to build this baby and spend time with my brilliant partner and child,” tweeted Kristin Aardsma Friday. .
“I don’t know what to expect professionally, but the Basecamp support team was the most amazing group of people I have ever worked with. I will miss them every day.”
The cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase announced a similar ban last year, with chief executive Brian Armstrong saying in October that in October about 60 of the company’s 1,200 employees resigned because of the move.
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