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In praise of slack and Slack: Wharton prof Kevin Werbach

Cut us some slack, argues Werbach. It's only human.

It's OK to be a slacker. (Photo by Flickr user lance robotson, used under a Creative Commons license)

We at Technical.ly rely on Slack, the cloud-based platform for team communication, to get us through the day.
We share news tips across the company’s five markets and we have a public channel for hanging out with our readers. There’s also the occasional Drake meme, but that’s beside the point.
That’s why when Wharton professor Kevin Werbach wrote this article about slack (the concept) and Slack (the service), we said amen.
“The problem with email is there’s no room for give: the messages all land in your inbox,” Werbach wrote in a post for Medium’s Backchannel. “Slack creates liminal spaces for communication that operate more like parallel chat rooms, allowing users to drop in when and how they wish.”
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Werbach’s praise of the platform is really just in passing, though. The key message has more do with slack, and our need as humans to take breaks to just … be.
“We’re all so damned busy these days that it’s tough to appreciate the value of slack,” Werbach wrote. “The mindfulness movement is one reaction to our unhealthy need to fill up every moment, without ever stopping to pay attention to the world.”

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