One of the key indicators that many people look for in a job, when they have the flexibility to choose, is “work-life balance.” The exact definition of what this means can vary from person to person, depending on their needs. Some people may want flexible or reduced working hours. While some may just want to work from home. Others may want to be able to take extra time off if and when they need it. The most common feature that people look for to indicate a good work-life balance is ignoring work communications after work hours.
For most people that want a strong work-life balance, being able to disconnect from work is key. By not looking at work emails, texts, messages, or taking calls after hours, it’s easier to relax and enjoy your free time. The separation can help to reduce work-related stress and pressure and help to encourage relaxation, which can lead to better work performance.
Slack offers a workspace wide feature that could be a good indicator to employees and potential employees that a company supports and is dedicated to promoting a strong work-life balance for its employees. This feature is the workspace wide do not disturb hours setting. Setting a workspace wide does not disturb period. Even if it starts an hour before normal work hours and ends an hour afterward. Still, a company can show that it’s committed to its employees having free time.
How to Enable Do Not Disturb on Slack
To configure the workspace wide do not disturb hours, you need to browse to the workspace settings and permissions page. Click on the workspace name in the top-right corner. In the dropdown menu, select “Settings & administration.” Then “Workspace settings” to open the workspace settings in a new tab.
In the default “Settings” tab, click on the “Expand” button for the “Do not disturb” settings.
In the Do not disturb section, tick the checkbox labeled “Automatically disable notifications from.” Then select the hours between which users should not get notifications by default. Click “Save” to apply the setting.
Users will still be able to override this setting themselves. But having this setting applied helps a company show that it values its employees’ free time. By following the steps in this guide, you can enable workspace wide do not disturb hours.