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Tech company Basecamp changed its policy on allowing employees to discuss politics in the workplace last week, saying “we are not a social impact company.”
Upset over the new changes, a third of the employees reportedly resigned.
“Every discussion remotely related to politics, advocacy or society at large quickly spins away from pleasant,” Jason Fried, Basecamp’s chief executive, wrote in a blog post. “You shouldn’t have to wonder if staying out of it means you’re complicit, or wading into it means you’re a target.”
“We make project management, team communication, and email software,” Fried wrote. “We don’t have to solve deep social problems, chime in publicly whenever the world requests our opinion on the major issues of the day, or get behind one movement or another with time or treasure. These are all important topics, but they’re not our topics at work.”
The Daily Wire reports disgruntled former employees were upset about the policies but were also offered a hefty severance package if they decided to leave as a result of the change.
Scott Adams praised Fried’s move.
“In one of the greatest management moves of all time, Basecamp’s CEO persuaded all of his most grindingly annoying employees to resign at once,” Adams said.
Some online have said they will no longer use their products, but others point out the backlash only proves their point about woke politics making a toxic work culture.