After political discussions were banned in the workplace, about a third of the workforce at a US software company resigned. The wave of layoffs began after Basecamp boss Jason Fried announced new guidelines for the company in a blog post on Monday. This included a ban on “social and political discussions at the expense of our company.”
In addition, Fried announced that bonuses for “caring” employees such as grants to fitness studios or advanced training should be stopped. According to a survey, about 20 of 57 Basecamp employees announced their resignations on Twitter’s online service. They included the Head of Design, Head of Marketing, and Head of Customer Service.
Company president Fred justified the ban on politics by the fact that political discussions had recently evolved into a “major distraction” from work: “We don’t have to solve any deep social problems, we make software.”
In the United States, heated debates have continued for months on issues such as racism, last November’s presidential election, and transgender rights.
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