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For Many Workers, Slack Is Both Convenient And Anxiety-Inducing. Is It The Right Tool For Workplaces?




People are seen inside the Salesforce Tower on December 1, 2020 in San Francisco, California. The cloud-based enterprise software company announced that it will purchase the popular workplace-chat app Slack for $27.7 billion.
People are seen inside the Salesforce Tower on December 1, 2020 in San Francisco, California. The cloud-based enterprise software company announced that it will purchase the popular workplace-chat app Slack for $27.7 billion.
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Earlier this month, the workplace messaging app Slack announced their proposed sale to Salesforce for $27.7 billion.

It’s a reversal for Slack, which had previously maintained its desire to remain independent. The app has become ubiquitous in many offices since its inception in 2013. It reworks the kind of instantaneous workplace messaging that came to prominence in the ‘90s with email, but centralizes interactions into channelized and often informal streams of information. Although it is convenient, Slack has also been fingered as a culprit in a work culture that increasingly prizes an “always available” attitude, particularly during the pandemic, when many workers are at home and struggling to find boundaries between their work and home lives.

Today on AirTalk, we’re learning more about Slack’s move into Salesforce, as well as how the app has shaped workplace culture in recent years and what its impact has been during the pandemic. Does your company use Slack? How do you feel about it as a workplace tool? We want to hear from you! Give us a call at 866-893-5722.

Guest:

Steven Levy, editor-at-large for WIRED Magazine who covers tech and is the author of numerous books, most recently, “Facebook: The Inside Story” (Blue Rider Press, 2020); he tweets @StevenLevy