Slack-splaining, job security and authenticity over box-ticking

By December 2, 2022For Companies

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Our Amply network is growing, as is the range of workplace topics we cover across our publishing network. This week, we wrote about the growing phenomenon of Slack-splaning on The London Economic. If you add exclamation marks or emojis to your Slack messages to convey a friendly tone, you’ve fallen into this communication quandary. On Tech HQ we take a look at why workers really want job security, despite their desires for flexibility and better benefits. And on Finextra, we’re delving into how workplaces need to be authentic if they want to attract and keep the next generation of talent.

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Is Slack-splaining making you less productive?

Have you fallen into a trap of embellishing every email you send with an emoji, asks Jobbio content editor Aoibhinn Mc Bride on The London Economic.

Maybe you use several exclamation marks to convey a friendly tone (especially if you’re a woman) or are partial to a LOL at the end of a sentence for fear of offending. If so, you’ve fallen into the communication quandary known as Slack-splaining.

It’s making us less productive to the tune of $128 billion (£107 billion) per year. That’s according to Loom’s study of 3,000 knowledge workers in the UK and US, which found that fear of being misinterpreted by colleagues amounts to 19 additional minutes per day rereading emails and 18 minutes per day explaining any confusion that may have arisen from an instant messaging (IM) app like Slack

See things clearly: London Economic Jobs

Flexible Is Great, But What We Really Want is Job Security

Recent job losses at tech giants Meta and Twitter, as well as a reduction in workforce numbers from companies such as Stripe and Coinbase have set the tech world on edge, writes Jobbio contributor Aisling O’Toole on Tech HQ.

Is the bubble about to burst or is the industry simply resetting itself as the world settles down after the pandemic? Research points to the latter, with McKinsey predicting that the rise in AI, 5G and cloud-based technology solutions will keep the tech industry buoyant for years to come.

Yet the recent disruption has highlighted a stark reality. While the bells and whistles of a fully remote or flexible working arrangement come with benefits, underneath it all what workers really want is job security

Play it safe: Tech HQ Jobs

Is authenticity the next big workplace essential?

For those at Twitter, questioning the direction of the organisation is likely to be at the top of their minds, as Elon Musk guts teams globally, and brings in ‘hardcore’ working practices for the employees who remain, writes Jobbio’s senior content manager Kirstie McDermott on Finextra.

Employee dissatisfaction is driving change across the board as workers challenge the status quo. One area that is in focus is diversity and inclusion (D&I). Long considered ‘nice to have’ for a business, but for younger employees, it is much more than a box-ticking exercise. A company must now be authentic in how it responds in its implementation.

All or nothing: Finextra Jobs

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