The number of people who have quit over Slack this year is shocking

The shift caused by the coronavirus pandemic has made companies rely on tools to aide work production more than ever. As offices remain vacant or limited due to occupancy restrictions, the rise in virtual work is here and it has thrived. But should these tools be used for all aspects of work life including resignations?

Tools like videoconference and messaging applications has made work flow perhaps better than ever. Slack, the popular office messaging system, has become a verb, as has Zoom, the poster child for video conference calls during the pandemic.

Navigating this digital landscape started as the ultimate test for most businesses around the US. At the start of the pandemic, there were questions whether production could be maintained virtually and without a physical office. How would conference be conducted? What’s the best way to manage workflow? This is where technology played its role.

In many cases, remote working has not only been steady but better — businesses that once found the office a necessity and questioned the remote-working model are now thinking twice about the significance of the office and whether it’s worth returning to as the vaccine begins distribution here in the US.

A recent survey conducted by Writer, an AI writing assistant, found that 70% of workers use videoconferencing more often since the start of the pandemic, while in-person work communication has decreased by 62%.

The study, which polled more than 1,000 workers on their digital work lives, also uncovered a few other interesting tidbits including how professional milestones or activities have changed due to videoconference calls and messaging apps.

Twenty-one percent of respondents said they’ve interviewed for a job over videoconference, which means it’s worth investing in the right tools at-home to make sure your setup looks professional and not like the utility room where everything is stashed. Preparing the right space and avoiding distractions that could force distractions is a must for anyone jumping on an interview, both for interviewer and interviewee.

Getting promoted over Slack?

But other things are changing. Promotions, which experts predict will be more analytical than ever before in the coming year, are happening over email (8%.)

That may seem impersonal but it is a sign of the times and an acceptable way in which we communicate. The new focus on analytics means the brownie points made up in the office are going to be tough to come by.

Quitting over Slack

But perhaps the most interesting transition is the way employees are either being fired or quitting. Earlier in the pandemic, mass layoffs were happening over Zoom which questioned ethics and optics on how to properly handle such a delicate transition that was a product of the pandemic. Since then, it’s become accepted. However, how employees are quitting remains a mystery until now.

Five percent of employees are telling their bosses they’ve had it and quit over messaging apps such as Slack. Since work has become impersonal and placed many employees on a virtual island, the change in how employees go about notifying companies about their exit is an interesting finding and maybe one that could be predicted.

A study by Adobe in 2018 found that only around half of Gen Z and Millennial employees said quitting in person was the best practice, compared to nearly 80% of workers over the age of 35. At the time, 10% of younger workers said they’d quit through Slack or some other form of social media.