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How far has the Slack infection spread? Is anyone safe?

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I bought stock. It’s awesome. Please use it often.

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Almost every agency I’ve worked at for the last 3-4 years has used it. When I was full time, we used it with some clients, too. There are some positives for internal use, but it can definitely hinder productivity and work/life boundaries if you’re not careful.

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I have no idea why it’s popular. There’s nothing novel about it. It’s like a bad version of the old Microsoft messenger.

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I think it’s helpful when you’re in crunch time. The response time feel is different than email. Feels messier, in a good way. And (for me) a high-volume channel is easier to monitor than a high-volume email thread. Less clicking

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Same. Found it really helpful as a team workspace for projects too

Slack is only good when people use it wisely. But in real life, they don’t. Slack is supposed to be a tool to reduce email and help with collaboration. While it does reduce email, it actually hinders collaboration because people use it as a way to avoid interacting with people. My direct reports have asked me to approve stuff via Slack. The problem is, after a while I can’t find anything. It’s a disorganized mess. Search is useless because the file will be called something like “Layout 2” or “New copy deck.” I then told all of my direct reports that I would only approve stuff sent to me in an email, and to just use Slack to say, “Hey I just emailed you the work.” I’ve also had people Slack me when they are sitting four feet away from me. I speak my answers back to them, usually saying, “Hey, I’m right here.” All of the attached work files and animated GIF memes make Slack eat up 25% of my system’s processing power. Sometimes I’ll shut down Slack and it feels like I have a newer, faster computer. Slack on my phone makes my battery drain nearly twice as fast. I hate Slack.

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This was my biggest worry when they started using it. For important postings I need something searchable and concrete. I kinda put my foot down and said Slack we could use for communication but for file sharing, I would use email. Sounds like this might be a good policy

It is the devil. It was fun when it was just creative teams sharing jokes with each other. Now it’s just people bugging me for work I haven’t finished because they’re bugging me

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This is my experience also. Was fun when we were goofing, now it’s a breakdown in the delicate decorum we’d established over email

It’s just so intuitive lol

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As a chat program, sure, it’s fine. As project management? NOOOOOPE! Keep approvals and feedback where it belongs

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Really though, curious if every agency is trying it or if it’s just a few. Also wondering what everyone else feels about the transition (I’m on the fence)

Could you clarify? Our agency has had it for a while but supposedly have plans to drop it for Microsoft Teams.

At my last agency Slack was something we used to goof off with IT and the tech folks. My new agency it’s basically replaced email. Seeing it mentioned more and more, wondering if this is a widespread thing

We use Microsoft teams, it’s no slack but at least we can send Gifs

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