Brief

Workplace by Facebook mulling a 'beach mode' to help workers check out

Dive Brief:

  • Workplace by Facebook is reportedly testing a new feature called Beach Mode to reduce the number of notifications workers receive after hours, according to Venture Beat, which also noted that that information has not been confirmed.

  • Slack launched a Do Not Disturb function for its users in December 2015, so the move would not be out of ordinary for another enterprise communication platform. 

  • Such features can cut notifications for different groups, potentially helping workers get away from work or avoid distraction from their tasks. 

Dive Insight:

The good thing about chat platforms is you can get work updates and information anytime. The bad news about chat platforms is you can get work updates and information anytime.

A worker’s accessibility anytime, anywhere may be great for productivity, but not so great for the employee that just wants to check out for a few hours after a hectic day.

Platform adjustments that acknowledge the worker cannot always be plugged in will be a welcome addition to up-and-coming platforms. Workplace is still new to the market, but to stay competitive it will have to understand what exactly the average worker wants, or needs, to be productive. 

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