About a third of Basecamp employees said they would resign after the productivity software company announced a new policy banning workplace chats about politics.
Jason Fried, the chief executive of Basecamp, detailed the policies in a blog post on Monday, calling “social and political discussions” on company messaging tools ” a big distraction ”. He wrote that the company would also ban committees, cut off benefits like health benefits (with employees getting the same cash value) and stop “lingering and delving into past decisions. “.
Basecamp had 57 employees, including Mr. Fried, when the announcement was made, according to the employee listing on its website. Since then, at least 20 of them have publicly posted that they intend to resign or have resigned, according to a tally by The New York Times. Basecamp did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Mr. Fried and David Hansson, two of Basecamp’s founders, have published a number of books on office culture, and news of their latest management philosophy has received such acclaim and criticism. Social Network.
After the Platformer newsletter published details of a company dispute that contributed to the decision to ban political talk, Mr. Hansson wrote in another blog post that Basecamp had offered to resign for up to six months’ salary. for employees who disagreed with the founders’ choice.
Mr. Hansson, Chief Technology Officer at Basecamp, writes: “We are committed to taking a deeply controversial stance. “Some employees feel relieved, others are angry, and that pretty well describes much of the public debate surrounding this issue.”
Coinbase, a startup that allows people to buy and sell cryptocurrencies, announced a similar ban last year, with a similar offer of layoffs on employees who disagree. The company says 60 of its employees have resigned, accounting for about 5% of its workforce.