One-third of Employees Quit Company After CEO Rejects ‘Woke’ Capitalism, Tells Them to Keep Ideology Out of Workplace

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About one-third of employees of the software company Basecamp quit days after bosses told them to keep ideology out of the workplace and focus on the company’s actual business.

The company, which offers a collaborative project management tool, found itself at the center of a social media storm this week after CEO Jason Fried announced in a blog post on April 26 that employees would no longer be allowed to openly share their “societal and political discussions” at work:

“No more societal and political discussions on our company Basecamp account. Today’s social and political waters are especially choppy. Sensitivities are at 11, and every discussion remotely related to politics, advocacy, or society at large quickly spins away from pleasant.

“You 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. It’s become too much. It’s a major distraction.”

Fried told employees in the post that they should take conversations of a political or societal nature to other platforms or their personal Basecamp account:

“It saps our energy and redirects our dialog towards dark places. It’s not healthy, it hasn’t served us well. And we’re done with it on our company Basecamp account where the work happens.

“People can take the conversations with willing co-workers to Signal, Whatsapp, or even a personal Basecamp account, but it can’t happen where the work happens anymore.”

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