And, “people were getting called ‘dumb sluts’ left and right.” At first, as salespeople started reading, the talk continued, but then the account managers noticed who was joining and began to flee.
The fight-or-flight impulse was not particularly useful here: They could make the channel disappear from their own view of Slack, but running away did nothing to delete its history.
The Slack sell to employers is that it decreases the burden of email, because nobody likes email.
The last thing to see in the chat record was the account managers’ boss entering the room.
“As far as I know, nobody lost their job over it,” Laura says.
“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.
You can drop in and out of chat channels as the day goes on, or, if you’re a member of a particularly active channel, you might spend all day there, reading through the scroll.
Channels are sometimes devoted to hobbies or snacks, but the overall idea is to improve workplace collaboration and communication.For better or worse, it makes work life more like digital life, albeit a digital life where you can also smell what everyone else is eating for lunch.The question is, what does this intrusion do to the delicate diplomacy of office life?Laura works in ad sales at a well-known tech company.Her office uses Slack, which is likely either as integral to your workday as email or you have never heard of it before.It’s “cool office culture, available for instant download,” Slate declared two years ago, as the phenomenon was taking hold.