About a third of the employees of the American productivity software company Basecamp have announced their resignation after the company banned political talks in the workplace.
The mass strike came after Basecamp CEO and co-founder Jason Fried on Monday published a blog post explaining new rules adopted by the company, including a ban on “societal and political discussions about our company̵
He also announced the end of some “paternalistic” employee benefits, such as Fitness and continuing education money, and said there would be “no more lingering or lingering on previous decisions.”
“Given the recent changes in Basecamp, I have decided to leave my job as design manager,” Jonas Downey, who had worked for the IT firm since 2011, said on Twitter on Friday.
About 20 of Basecamp’s 57 employees have announced their resignation on Twitter, according to a voice of developer John Breen, who works for another company.
To justify the ban on political talks, Fried said they had become “a major distraction” in the current climate.
“Sensitivities are at 11 o’clock, and any discussion that is externally related to politics, advocacy, or society in general is quickly spinning away from pleasant,” he wrote.
“You should not have to wonder if staying out of it means you are complicit, or wading into it means you are a target.”
Polarized debates have animated the United States for several months, from the Black Lives Matter movement to the November presidential election to transgender rights.
“We do project management, team communication and email software. 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 benefits that were calculated so they “can spend on what they want.”
“We have committed ourselves to a deeply controversial position, some employees are relieved, others are furious, and that describes quite a lot of the public debate around this as well,” Basecamp co-founder and chief technology officer David Hansson wrote Wednesday in another blog. post.
The Basecamp employees who announced their resignation also included the head of marketing and the head of customer support.
“I have retired as head of customer support at Basecamp. I am four months pregnant, so I am taking some time to build this baby and hang out with my brilliant spouse and child,” Kristin Aardsma tweeted on Friday.
“I don’t know what’s professional next for me, but the support team at Basecamp was the most amazing group of people I’ve ever worked with. I will miss them every day.”
Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase announced a similar ban last year, with CEO Brian Armstrong saying in October that about 60 of the company’s 1,200 employees had stopped moving.
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