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Whether you’re in a different time zone than your colleagues, you have a busy meeting schedule, or you’re focused on deep work, it’s impossible to be available at all times. Unfortunately, chat applications like Slack create an illusion (and sometimes an expectation) of constant availability.

While a green dot next to someone’s name might indicate that they are actively reading all of their messages and can reply in realtime, reality is much more complicated.

In an office setting, it’s easy to glance across the room and see if someone is at their desk — and even get a sense of…

Hannah Alvarez

Writer, marketer, maker of things. Remote work advocate, currently writing a book about working remotely:

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