We use Slack a lot where I work. So I was very curious to find out what this article was all about.
"But an increasing emphasis on new technology to moderate our workdays isn’t necessarily making our work better or making us more productive. If wielded poorly, it can even make it worse."
Delving into the article further...
"Much like the ubiquitous open-floor plan, this type of software is meant to get different parts of a company working together, to break down hierarchies, to spark chance interactions and innovations.
In practice it can be hell.
The addition of yet another communications tool can result in a surfeit of information."
So I looked at the business Slack account where I work. I personally only joined less than 20 Channels. Most of them I rarely use. But when I checked which ones I could add, I was shocked. I stopped counting at 200 when I reached the letter G. These were all public channels for a medium sized business.
"Keeping up with these conversations can seem like a full-time job. After a while, the software goes from helping you work to making it impossible to get work done."
I don't use all of my Slack channels on a regular basis and am not inclined to add more. I don't think I even want to look to see what the rest of the alphabet looks like!
This article has a lot more fascinating information. Too much for me to put in a single Cake Conversation but worth reading and thinking about.