Slack is a workplace collaboration tool for businesses. I’ve been using Slack at my current company for about a year now and it has definitely made me more productive. While there are a lot of features of Slack that I would love to talk about, this blog post is about one aspect of their culture - humor.
As I updated the Slack app on my iPhone today, I noticed their update message -
While most of the other applications have messages which just say “Bug Fixes and Performance Improvements.” and hide their bugs, Slack have been upfront in highlighting their bugs with humor. As I thought about it, they had humor in their name too - being named Slack for a productivity tool :D.
A few notes on this -
It shows that they’re willing to accept that they’re not perfect. It keeps them humble and grounded.
It is really easy to mock at your strengths by falsely portraying them as a weakness - for example a really strong person with muscular arms self-mocking after missing a day at the gym. However, it takes confidence, courage and practice to mock at yourself (more specifically your weakness) without making others uncomfortable.
It shows that they’re open and honest.
And more importantly, I’m guessing a fun place to work!
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