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Opinion | Basecamp and the Political Bullies

The company wants an apolitical workplace. Cue the outrage.

5/5/2021 4:45:00 AM

From WSJopinion: Software company Basecamp wants an apolitical workplace. Cue the outrage.

The company wants an apolitical workplace. Cue the outrage.

Time was when political activism in business was controversial. But in these hyper-political times,refusingto turn your company into a workplace of the woke can make you a target.That’s what’s happened to Basecamp, after the Chicago-based software firm said last week that it will no longer allow political discussions on the company platform. Employees are free to have these conversations on private accounts, but “it can’t happen where the work happens anymore,” said CEO Jason Fried.

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Talk about “politics, advocacy, or society at large” has become “a major distraction” that is “not healthy” and “hasn’t served us well,” Mr. Fried wrote. Employees “shouldn’t have to wonder if staying out of it means you’re complicit, or wading into it means you’re a target. These are difficult enough waters to navigate in life, but significantly more so at work.”

Seems sensible enough. The company offered severance of up to six months’ salary to “those who cannot see a future at Basecamp under this new direction,” said co-founder David Heinemeier Hansson. “No hard feelings, no questions asked.”So much for goodwill. A day later the Verge website ran a headtopics.com

citing unidentified employees making vague allegations that the company wasn’t committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. Among the purported bombshells, Verge revealed that “customer service representatives began keeping a list of names that they found funny.”

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opinion A hit piece on the hit piece. Sounds like we have a culture war folks.