May 28, 2018 — by Nicole Michaelis

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Is your company group chat giving you anxiety?

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On tech
How much does tech development impact company culture? A somewhat scary question that many have ignored or been too afraid to answer. This episode of the a16z Podcast boldly goes where no man has gone before trying to answer this and related questions. The conversation draws on one of the largest, large-scale studies of software and organizational performance out there.
Get the answers
On conflicts
It's not you, it's not them, it's the situation. Conflict happens everywhere, including in the workplace. When it does, it's tempting to blame it on personalities. But more often than not, the real underlying cause of workplace strife is the situation itself, rather than the people involved. So, why do we automatically blame our coworkers? This read in Harvard Business Review tries to clean up our personality bias.
Solve those conflicts
On group chats
Is the company group chat giving you anxiety? Do you catch yourself wondering what he or she meant with that giphy every now and then? Does the chat actually help you get shit done? Group chat is like being in an all-day meeting with random participants and no agenda. While there are a lot of obvious benefits of using a corporate chat platform, all sorts of eventual bad happens when a company begins thinking one-line-at-a-time most of the time. A great read in Signal v. Noise from Basecamp founder Jason Fried.

Mute the group chat

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