Want to be a model employee? Just shut up and knuckle down | Arwa Mahdawi

Want to be a model employee? Just shut up and knuckle down | Arwa Mahdawi

The Guardian

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Companies like Basecamp and Coinbase hate it when staff bring their politics to work. But that’s just what humans do

Looking for a new job? I have a feeling technology company Basecamp may be hiring! Last week, a third of Basecamp’s employees resigned after the company, which makes productivity software, announced it was banning “societal and political discussions” on workplace messaging platforms.

“Sensitivities are at 11, and every discussion remotely related to politics, advocacy or society at large quickly spins away from pleasant,” said Basecamp’s CEO, Jason Fried, in a blogpost. “It’s a major distraction.” After outlining why banning his underlings from discussing politics was in everyone’s best interest, Fried announced another new company policy: “No more paternalistic benefits.” Basecamp’s leadership had decided offering employees a fitness benefit was patronising and intrusive, apparently.

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