Tired of all the e-mails piling up in your inbox? You just want to send a quick message to a co-worker but don’t know if text or e-mail would be appropriate? Slack might be for you and your office.
A new popular messaging platform #slack has entered the workforce. If you are interested in slack and not sure what it is or are curious to learn more this blog post is for you.
- It’s easier to go back and forth and send a message to a group of your co-workers and just one co-worker
- It’s a perfect setting for “middle ground” between formal and personal. It’s not as informal as a group message but not as formal as an e-mail
- Very easy and simple messaging platform. There isn’t much of a learning curve. I’ve witnessed ages 18-65 adapt to the platform easily
- The notifications can get out of control. There is a way to mute notifications for certain groups or individuals. The problem is sometimes you miss out on important information if you mute notifications
- It became challenging for some to differentiate between the urgency or priority of some messages. It’s best to be able to point out indicators on urgency/priority before using the platform
- Slack becomes another program to add to your list of other communication devices. Like most workplaces, there are group messages on multiple platforms and communication devices. This can be a bit overwhelming.
Overall: I think slack is a good setting for that “in-between”. Where you can be appropriately informal with your co-workers. I find it a little overwhelming just because everyone has access to a communication device and this is just one more thing to add 0nto a plate of communication platforms. But, if e-mails are a problem this is a solution. Did slack reduce a lot of e-mails and reply all messages? Yes. If that is the main issue in your workplace then slack might be the solution. Comment below if you’ve used slack before.