By Jon Swartz
Slack Technologies Inc. on Wednesday added a handful of remote-working tools as knowledge workers continue to show an aversion to return to the office.
The company /zigman2/quotes/212180539/composite WORK -0.46% , acquired by Salesforce.com Inc. /zigman2/quotes/200515854/composite CRM -1.21% for $27.7 billion in December, said it is rolling out a new feature that lets anyone using the service direct-message one another. Slack Connect DMs was announced in October.
(UPDATE: Less than 24 hours later, Slack said it was going to update the DM feature because of complaints it could lead to harassment. “We are taking immediate steps to prevent this kind of abuse, beginning today with the removal of the ability to customize a message when a user invites someone to Slack Connect DMs,” a company spokesman said in a statement. )
Additionally, Slack on Wednesday introduced Calendly app for Slack, which allows users to share a Calendly link in Slack Connect, and Slack Connect Hub, which links people from different organizations in one place.
The new products come as a whopping 83% of knowledge workers say they wish to continue working remotely full- or part-time, according to a survey from Future Forum, a consortium started by Slack to help companies make changes necessary to thrive in the new economy.
In February, Salesforce said employees would have the option to work remotely full time. Facebook Inc. /zigman2/quotes/205064656/composite FB -4.11% has indicated it expects half of its employees to work from home in some capacity by 2030.