Published on April 15th, 2020 | by Darren Paltrowitz


Slack’s Christina Janzer On Effectively Working From Home, Benefits Of Using Slack & More

Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, employees all over the world have been faced with the sudden demands of working from home. This is the new reality for many Americans, navigating the “working from home” lifestyle and trying to stay on-task as their “real” life intrudes at every turn. And more than that, WFH is a new and largely-unprecedented frontier for most Americans. From having your dog bark during a conference call, to turning your kitchen table into your work desk, to becoming your own IT department to being crammed in one place with no real outlet for escape. Altogether it’s a new learning curve and so many of us are still trying to catch up and find some normalcy in the process.

Christina Janzer, the Head Of User Research for Slack, spoke with me by phone on April 2, 2020 — audio of which embedded below — and offered some work-from-home tips that will help you stay on-task, hopefully without going stir-crazy, and how to set up workspace environment that will work for you. More on Slack can be found online by visiting its official website at

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of the bi-weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with V13 (formerly He has also co-authored two published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), with a second podcast set for a June 2020 launch.

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