Days after banning politics from the workplace to keep employees focused on their mission rather than distracted by wokeness, software firm Basecamp appears to have reversed course, suspending its chief strategist after he said he does not believe the company is white supremacist and after employees reportedly cried and screamed.
For a few glittering moments, it looked like Basecamp could be a new model for companies.
After the Chicago-based software company became subsumed by drama from employees talking about racial oppression and other unrelated political issues at work, its founders — long acknowledged as experts in cultivating productive work environments — said “No more societal and political discussions” in the workplace. “It’s a major distraction. It saps our energy, and redirects our dialog towards dark places,” CEO Jason Fried wrote.
Fried was determined to cultivate a “calm” workplace, and he was firm about the new policy, even allowing employees to take buyouts if they didn’t like it. When employees likened a list