Are you there??

For us working in remote (or partly remote) teams, it’s pretty vital to have a feeling if someone is reachable or not. I usually have quite a lot of meetings, and I’ve always tried to post an “AFK for xx mins” on the group chat when going in a meeting.

To help me out I’m now using Slack’s status feature integrated with my google calendar events via Zapier, for a nifty little automated status flow.

  • 5 min before calender event > set status to Afk until {event ends}
  • Delay {duration event}
  • Clear status
gif demo of how it’s done on zapier

Update: Zapier seems to have written a little more extensively about this Slack status thing here https://medium.com/slack-developer-blog/how-to-set-a-slack-status-from-other-apps-ab4eef871339.