My firm de facto mandates that all of us keep our IM running on our machines all day. Even if they didn't, it's very ingrained in to the culture. Oddly most of our higher ups don't really have IM running--which I think says something about how they view IM but perhaps I'm wrong.
I've done everything I can to silence notifications from the IM (it's Microsoft Teams if that matters) but I'd really rather just shut it off most of the time so I can focus on work without the distraction. I silenced most of the notifications from Outlook for the same reason.
Any ideas on how to broach the subject with my teammates? I mean do I say "Hey I'm shutting off my IM because I find it distracting?" or is there another approach I might take.
By the way I did search for questions on this topic and didn't find anything promising but if others know of other questions along these lines, please point them out to me.