In which case, some explanation: Slack is a workplace messaging app that lets co-workers easily carry on an assortment of group and individual conversations, some private and some public, all organized in a simple user interface; it’s chattier than sending an email, less of a hassle than scheduling a meeting.It’s also easy to use on your phone — not so different from sending a text — and perhaps because of that ease, or because of the bright Silicon Valley affect it shares with services like Facebook and Instagram (Slack’s headquarters are in San Francisco), it tends to foster a dashed-off, emoji-laced vernacular. Such was the case in Laura’s office, where the salespeople, who are generally more senior, use Slack less than the account managers, who are generally more junior.“It was eight account managers, and it was pretty much dedicated to just bashing everybody in sales, from the top, top people, all the way down.” Within two hours, word had spread to the entire sales team, which spent a Friday afternoon reading the channel’s history start to finish.“There was some borderline racist stuff,” she remembers.Slack, first released in 2013, has essentially ushered employer-sanctioned social media into the workplace.At some point over the last year, it started to feel, at least in a certain kind of office, as ubiquitous as those other social-media giants.
All of this has earned Slack word-of-mouth enthusiasm, not something generally associated with workplace software.Originally, Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield set out to design games.In 2002, he began work on Game Neverending, an online fantasy video game in which it was impossible for players to win or lose — that project failed, but some of its code gave rise to Flickr.The Slack sell to employers is that it decreases the burden of email, because nobody likes email.(Whether infinite chatty one-line messages are preferable to an overflowing inbox is debatable; for now, though, Slack retains the advantage of novelty.) It integrates the tools you already use, like Google Drive, so you can easily centralize everything.
“But I think people were pretty embarrassed.” Ivanka Trump Is Hard at Work in Washington — But for Whom? What Happens When the Office Becomes a Nonstop Chat Room Inside the Toxic Workplace at Fox News Read More Stories of Working in America on The Job Office gossip is as old as the office.