Slack at Dreamforce: Minimize Meetings

Slack at Dreamforce: Minimize Meetings

Welcome back to our workplace newsletter. We’re still staring at this US Census List One of the cities with the highest percentage of remote workers (Shout to Fremont). We also wonder what’s less “over the top” Google holiday party looks. Dreamforce reporter Lizzie Lawrence reports today that Slack wants you to cut out meetings. Additionally, we spoke to the founder of Assistantly about exactly what the virtual assistant does and who they hire.

— Alison Levitsky, reporter (E-mail | Twitter)

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between meeting a pig therapy Meditating by the Dreamforce Waterfall, I found time to talk to a group of people about the changing world of work. (Please clap). And there was one main message: meeting hours every day So last year.

Dreamforce is basically a Salesforce offering. With that said, Slack has featured prominently throughout.

  • One of Slack’s main crowd chants throughout the conference was that we should cut off meetings.
  • That’s part of the goal behind the Slack Panel, which is a collaborative document embedded within Channels and created from Salesforce-owned Quip.
  • Rather than just a dead event on the calendar, Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield’s vision is a comprehensive, easy-to-understand record of the meeting that makes sense, even if you don’t show up.
  • “We want people to be able to work whatever way works for them with flexible schedules, in and out of meetings, so it doesn’t have to be like, ‘I’m on a 30-minute video call to get anything done. ”

There have been quite a few sessions related to Slack, which also aims to help people reduce meetings. Sure, Phantom Falls and Matthew McConaughey were scattered, but Dreamforce also hosted hundreds of sessions, like How to Improve Salesforce Automation (Exciting Stuff). But the anti-meeting movement also featured prominently.

  • Tamara Jensen, T-Mobile’s lead tech project manager, spoke in a Slack-related session about how to cancel more meetings. She’s leading efforts at her company to replace nonessential meetings with Slack, although adoption has been uneven across teams.
  • But no matter what Slack does, Jensen said some people will catch up with FOMO.
  • “It takes a little practice,” Jensen said. “People should feel comfortable saying no and have confidence that it will be available offline and available to them.”

Many of the sessions had to do with the future of flexible remote work. Dreamforce wasn’t just killing the meeting. Sessions also focused on the new hybrid and distant reality.

  • One session was about how to lead in a resilient world of work, with speakers such as Vimeo CEO Anjali Sud and Cal Friendly CEO Tope Awotona.
  • Sood said her point is that “nothing is sacred” and this is a time to open up and experiment. “Part of our job is to figure out where we can have philosophy and certainty, but also where we need to be agile and resilient.”

Even with a completely different world of work and a smaller Dreamforce compared to years past, the conference environment seemed fairly normal. Or, as usual, the awesomeness of the Salesforce cartoon elephant.

— Lizzie Lawrence, reporter (E-mail | Twitter)

help wanted

Laith Maasarwe, co-founder of Laith Maasarwe, told protocol reporter Sarah Roach that virtual assistant services have been thriving over the past two years. Entrepreneurs and executives hire remote assistants to help with everything from administrative tasks like managing calendars to sales, marketing, and social media.

Ancillary programs can fill in the gaps for individual trainees and small teams that do not yet have the resources to hire staff. It could also be useful for companies that have recently conducted layoffs, Masarwe said. Some paramedics are even hired as full-time employees. Maasarwe must know: The person he hired to enlist the help later became the client’s success manager, and eventually the chief of operations.

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in numbers

It turns out that managing hybrid workers is hard! Latest version from Microsoft Work trend indicator report I found some sore points in the mixed manager-employee relationship.

  • 85% of leaders are unsure that their employees are productive, which has led some companies to use productivity tracking software.
  • Microsoft says this could lead to “productive theater” by employees who focus more on activity than real impact – and “productivity paranoia” by leaders worried that employees aren’t working enough.
  • Managers are having a hard time, too. Nearly half of blended managers have difficulty trusting their reports to do their job well, while only 36% of personal managers said the same.
  • Hybrid managers also have less visibility (54%) in the work of their employees than personal managers (38%).
  • 81% of employees said it was important for their managers to help them prioritize their work, but less than one in three said their manager gave them clear directions in meetings.

— Alison Levitsky, reporter (E-mail | Twitter)

Some employee news

Anyone else have a bad case of a big resignation? It’s hard to keep up with tech companies that are growing, shrinking, floating, or sinking. We are here to help.

⬇️ Klarna is Restructuring And making cuts after its value fell from $45.6 billion to $6.7 billion over the summer, Bloomberg reports.

⬇️ at Wipro Fired 300 workers in the past few months to work in second jobs at competing companies, according to TechCrunch.

⬇️ Staff reveal How Pakistan’s most funded company, Airlift grocery delivery, collapsed.

For more news on hiring, layoffs, and rewiring, check out our tech company tracker.

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About the Internet

A summary of workplace news from the farthest corners of the Internet.

Google employees question Sundar Pichai voted “upset” about travel and leisure cuts, productivity and layoffs at an All Hands Meeting this week. (CNBC)

to treat Burnt It is the manager’s job. (inside)

TikTok is at work. Is this a good thing? (work life)

Will anyone miss it Cheap Conference Booty If we get rid of him? (Fast Corporation)

zuk “The Thirty Days List” of employees who need to re-apply to the company are getting more time. (luck)

Some stock options for Stripe’s first 10-year employees It is set to expire Next year, an IPO or direct listing will allow employees and investors to enter. (the information)

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