Google says no to political discourse among employeesAugust 26, 2019
Google is saying no to political discourse such as speeches and debates among its employees which were viewed as a departure from its open work culture.
Part of its Community Guidelines says, “While sharing information and ideas with colleagues helps build community, disrupting the workday to have a raging debate over politics or the latest news story does not.”
The guidelines remind all the employees that “our primary responsibility is to do the work we’ve each other been hired to do, not to spend working time on debates about non-work topics.”
The new guidelines came after the company was criticized by politicians, including President Donald Trump that its products are biased against the conservatives, the Vox report says.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai, in an internal email Thursday evening, had reiterated the new guidelines to be followed by all employees: no political discussions in the company’s internal mailing lists and forums.
In the past, employees were free to discuss politics and similar topics in the mailing list. The company even encouraged its employees to be political during product launches. That culture appears to be disappearing now with the new guidelines.
“The guidelines are official policy and apply when employees are communicating in the workplace,” Google said in a statement sent to The Verge. (Mindanao Sun/ Feature Photo: Pawel Czerwinski/ Unsplash)