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Successfully Adopting Slack in the Workplace

A frank discussion on change management and overcoming employee resistance.

How can our organization maximize the value of its Slack investment?

Slack can change the way that groups, departments, divisions, and even entire organizations work—and for the better. More than 12 million people will tell you as much.

There’s often a chasm, however, between can and will.

Like many contemporary technologies, Slack benefits from network effects. According to Metcalfe’s Law, every employee who fails to use Slack makes the tool that much less valuable. Most important, stragglers and laggards thwart organizations’ effort to build a comprehensive knowledge base.

This. Is. A. Big. Deal.

In this custom talk, I draw upon lessons learned in getting employees to use and even embrace Slack—both personally and researching Slack For Dummies. I explain why, when it comes to how they work, many employees are stuck in their old ways. I also offer a number of techniques designed to maximize the chance that Slack takes root in your organization.

I address the following questions around Slack adoption:

  • What are the common objections that employees present to using Slack?
  • Why do organizations need to get all of their employees on the Slack train?
  • How does limited Slack adoption hinder an organization? (TL;DR: Deeply and in many ways.)
  • What are some of the challenges that organizations of my size can expect to face?
  • What are the different Slack-adoption approaches?
  • What types of carrots and sticks can organizations and managers use?
  • Which employees are most likely to resist using Slack?
  • What are some tips for dealing with recalcitrant employees?

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