What’s a growing company’s role in the community where it’s based?
It’s a question that has been approached many times over the last year. And it came up again in recent weeks after influential, Chicago-based software company Basecamp recently lost a third of its employees because of a memo banning political speech on the company’s shared workplace software and end “paternalistic” benefits and committees. This introduced a change in philosophy at the company, where work is work and whatever happens outside of work hours stays outside the office.
Amid the rebukes, one message was clear: Companies don’t exist in a vacuum. What happens outside the workplace affects the company. There’s value in recognizing that, from the CEO to the new hire, employees have the ability to impact communities around them.
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