Why banning political discussions at work is flawed
May 2, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Late last month, Basecamp, a project management software company, banned "societal and political discussions" at work. Roughly 20 of its fewer than 60 employees have since announced they are leaving the company.
(CNN Business)Late last month, Basecamp, a project management software company, banned "societal and political discussions" at work.
It swiftly caught backlash; by Friday afternoon, roughly 20 of Basecamp's fewer than 60 employees posted on Twitter that they were leaving the company, with some explicitly citing the new policies as the reason.
Basecamp, which has operated as a remote-working company since long before the pandemic, isn't the first to issue a policy against political speech at work in recent months.
After Fried's original blog post, Casey Newton, a tech journalist writing for The Verge, reported there were worker-led internal discussions about diversity issues at Basecamp to assess everything from the company's hiring processes to which vendors it uses.
In a series of tweets on Basecamp's changes, Joelle Emerson, the founder of diversity consulting firm Paradigm, wrote: "Obviously people whose very identities are 'political' don't get to opt out.