I have never understood the appeal of Slack to replace/supplement email. It seems to me it is just another multi-channel inbox of messages and notifications. I’d rather manage my email than email AND Slack. I am able to manage emails well enough now that I seldom have more than 10 in my inbox at a time and virtually no spam, I don’t want synchronous communication, I prefer asynchronous so I can focus on deep work and the important. The only “Slack like” program I use is Asana, which enables communication within the platform for all projects and tasks, as well as documents. It is far more full featured than Slack and integrates seamlessly with email if/as needed.
“Due to the surfeit of communication Slack creates and the interruptions that causes, the very system meant to facilitate work actually prevents users from getting work done, causing a slew of other issues.”
I’m also sure that this is true as well, “The software, of course, isn’t entirely to blame. As I wrote in May, a lot of complaints about Slack’s impact on people’s lives arise from corporate culture and, in some cases, people’s own inability to set boundaries.” BUT, programs like Slack, in my opinion, tend to foster the corporate culture cited above because instant messages implies an expectation of an instant reply.
I’m sure, as the article points out, some benefit from Slack while others do not. I tried it and found email to be less intrusive and more productive. Obviously, everyone’s use case is different.