About a third of the workforce at Basecamp, a U.S. productivity software company, announced their resignation after it banned workplace political discussions.
The big break comes after Jason Fried, Basecamp̵7;s CEO and co-founder, published a blog post on Monday explaining the new rules the company has adopted, including the ban. “Social and political debate on our company’s Basecamp account”
He also announced the termination of certain “paternity” employee benefits, such as exercise and continuing education allowances, and said it would be “paternity”. “No longer has to be stuck in the past or dwelling on decisions in the past”
“With the recent changes at Basecamp, I decided to retire as head of design,” Jonas Downey, who has been with IT since 2011, said on Twitter on Friday.
About 20 of Basecamp’s 57 employees have announced their retirement on Twitter, according to John Breen, a developer working for other companies.
Fried said they had become “Distraction” in current weather conditions.
“Sensitivity is at 11, and every debate involving politics, support or society as a whole remotely has rotated rapidly from satisfaction,” he wrote.
“You have no doubt that being out means you are conspiring or going in, that means you are the target.”
The polar debate has fueled the United States for months, from the Black Lives Matter movement to the November presidential election to transgender rights.
“We build project management, team communication, and email software. We’re not a social impact company … we don’t have to solve deep social problems,” Fried added.
He said the company would pay its employees the cash value of the core benefits to provide them. “You can spend whatever you want”
“We are committed to a very contradictory stance. Some employees are relieved, others are offended, and that also explains the public debate about the matter,” said David Hansson, Basecamp co-founder and CEO of Basecamp. The chief technology officer said Wednesday in another blog post.
Basecamp employees who announced their retirement also included their head of marketing and head of customer support.
“I resigned as Head of Customer Support at Basecamp. I am now 4 months pregnant. It will take me a while to create this child and hang out with my wonderful spouse and child,” Kristin Aardsma tweeted on the day. Friday.
“I don’t know what’s next for me professionally. But the support team at Basecamp is the most amazing group of people I have ever worked with, and I miss them every day. ”
Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase announced a similar ban last year, with chief executive Brian Armstrong saying that in October about 60 the company’s 1,200 employees had resigned from the move.
Microsoft’s Viva offers a new intranet in a post-COVID world.
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