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10 ways to replace ineffective meetings with Slack

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Whether it’s at a coffee shop, a cabin in the woods or the office, where we work matters: 78% of knowledge workers want to be able to work from wherever they’re most productive.

But did you know that 95% of knowledge workers want flexibility in when they work? 

Meetings are often the figurative ball and chain that dictate schedules. Even worse, a lot of these meetings aren’t that productive or efficient. A new survey found that employees spend an average of 18 hours a week in meetings. They say “no” to only 14% of invites even though they’d prefer to decline 31%, and those who do attend report multitasking 70% of the time. So it’s not surprising that begrudgingly going to meetings wastes $25,000 annually per employee—netting out to $101 million a year for organizations with 5,000 or more employees. 

To enable real flexibility, companies must adopt a digital-first mindset, recognizing that the only way to give people the freedom and autonomy they need is to leverage digital tools that allow them more choice—in both when and how they work. 

It’s also important to recognize the signs of the times and the need to do more with less by boosting productivity and finding efficiency gains. Slack enables you to do this with features that promote flexibility, drive productivity and give you time back to focus on value work that propels the business forward and creates results.

Of course, sometimes you just need a meeting. These days you must ask yourself and your teams to be honest about when meetings are truly necessary. When they are, only hold meetings that are intentional and well-planned, with a clear agenda, goals and input. 

To that end, we’re here to share how Slack can help you replace inefficient meetings with flexible alternatives through platform features such as channels, workflows, huddles and clips.

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