People react to the Derek Chauvin verdict in Minneapolis on April 20, 2021.

Two surveys asked tech workers for their views on political speech at work.
Half of Silicon Valley employees would steer clear of a firm that didn’t allow discussion of social issues.
Black and female workers feel less comfortable than white men discussing politics at work.

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Discussing social and political issues in the workplace is a hot-button topic in Silicon Valley and the tech world in the wake of Black Lives Matter protests and the tightly contested 2020 election.

Two surveys gauged tech worker opinions on the importance of being free to discuss politics at work and the findings are clear: most want that freedom.

The Information asked 1,500 Silicon Valley executives, managers and workers for their views on how their employers dealt with everything from diversity and inclusion to remote work to remuneration.

Some 10% of respondents worked for major tech firms Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google and Microsoft.

More than half – 54% – said that they would not work for a company that prevented political conversations in the office, though it’s worth noting there isn’t a way to measure whether they would follow through.

The Information noted this still means 46% of its respondents would work for an employer that didn’t permit political discussions – suggesting a ban isn’t universally unpopular.

A 2nd survey found workers most impacted by bias were least comfortable bringing up politics

The Information’s findings were reflected by a separate survey of 750 tech workers by Protocol, with 71% saying that it was important to discuss politics and social issues with colleagues.

While there was a majority among all age demographics, younger workers were in general more likely to value workplace freedom of political expression, with 75% of under 45s …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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