How To Have Slack Show You Are In A Meeting

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Slack, the widely used tool for workplace communication, offers various helpful features for effectively managing your online presence. An example of this is the option to set your status to indicate that you are in a meeting. This can be very useful in notifying your team that you are currently occupied and may not be able to reply right away.

Setting Your Status in Slack

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to set your status in Slack:

  1. Click on your profile picture in the upper right corner of the Slack application.
  2. Click on ‘Set a status’.
  3. You can choose from the suggested status options or set a custom status. For indicating that you’re in a meeting, you can select the ‘In a meeting’ option.
  4. If you want to set a custom status, for instance, ‘In a client meeting’, you can write that in the ‘What’s your status?’ text box.
  5. You can also set the duration for how long your status should be displayed, ranging from 30 minutes to ‘Don’t clear’.
  6. Click Save.

Automate Your Status Changes

If you find yourself frequently in meetings, you can automate status changes using Slack’s Google Calendar or Outlook Calendar app. Here’s how you can do this for Google Calendar:

  1. Install the Google Calendar app for Slack.
  2. Go to Apps in your Slack sidebar and click on Google Calendar.
  3. Under Event Responses, enable ‘Update my status when I’m in a meeting’.
  4. Click Save.
    // For Outlook Calendar users, the process is slightly different:
    1. Install the Outlook Calendar app for Slack.
    2. Go to Apps in your Slack sidebar and click on Outlook Calendar.
    3. Under the ‘Status Sync’ tab, enable 'Automatically update my Slack status based on my calendar'.
    4. Click Save.

With these steps, you can manage your Slack status efficiently and let your colleagues know when you’re in a meeting. Keep exploring Slack’s fabulous feature-set to enhance your work productivity!