<aside> 💡 As a remote-first company, Slack is our virtual office. Below are the guidelines for how we work on Slack

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#1: You're responsible for managing your own availability ⛑️

It's very important to take breaks. And it's very hard to take breaks if Slack is always on. Make sure you set yourself to "Do Not Disturb" or set a status when you're in deep focus mode. That way you can stay away from the notifications and get back when you're ready. Feel free to set your notification settings to “Direct messages, mentions & keywords”, this way you get notifications when people @-mentions you. Use the save or /remind feature to remind yourself of important messages you should get back to. It's your own responsibility to make this work.

#2: Default to public channels 📢

If you don't know where to put your funny meme or ask an important question, please always use an open channel. Only if the message is of some private matter, you should move to the DMs. The more transparency the better — it helps us all stay in sync. It may feel like you are standing on a desk and speaking through a megaphone, but it is not - your co-workers can turn off notifications (see #1) so don’t worry about putting your conversations in public channels even though it may seem like it would be better to send it in a DM. Also, use @-mentions when addressing people then they will get notifications.

#3: Use threads 🧵

If you come back to a channel after being at the beach all day, you'll probably see a lot of messages concerning different topics. Use the thread feature in Slack when you respond so we can make sure to keep track of the right conversations.

#4: Remember your #standup. Every day. Unless you're off 🕴️

This is one of the most important channels we have to stay in sync. This is a great way to start off the day, because it forces you to think about your priorities, but it also lets your teammates know what you're working on (which gives them a chance to help / ask questions / give feedback) and it creates a great feeling of teamwork.

NB: If you're on vacation, stay away from this channel and take a deep breath 💆‍♀️

#5: Reply by the end of the day 📤