We ask that everyone displays first and last names in Slack, so we can use the last name field to alert coworkers when they are out of the office, on extended leave, or sick for the day.
Slack 101: Onboarding

Funny — this is roughly what we do at Trello too (whom I’ve recently joined). Seems like hacking the name field though.

Suggests that maybe some kind of “status” field that has similar visibility would be a useful feature? That wouldn’t require folk to display first & last name, either!

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