At Woodpack we are using slack for quite a while now and we improved our communication because of it.
Even if a great part of the team is working remotely we can easily share details about a project over Slack in combination with Dropbox.
Slack embodies the idea of a team. Everything is set up and laid out in a way that allows you to all be in on the conversation and inform the entire team what is going on. That’s what it is all about for us, being a team player and working together. It allows us to have one central place for communication that we can always reference what is happening.
We use slack for daily reports, calls, video calls, sharing files, voting on a place to eat for lunch, finalizing page design and even scheduling appointments.
We get instant answers
Waiting for your colleague to sift through their emails and decide which emails are a priority to answer can be both ineffective and frustrating for the whole team, especially when you have very quick questions that can be solved with very quick answers.
Slack’s real-time messaging is therefore particularly perfect for: instant Q&A: quickly seeking an opinion or approval; and/or updating the team with quick messages of all shapes and sizes.
- Channels. This helps you organize conversations within that Slack team in what they call “open channels.” When you make a channel, then everyone can see what is going on in that channel. This means it’s a good idea to create channels for different projects, topics, or a conversation between certain team members.
- Private Channels. This is the place where you want to include confidential information with just a few team members.
- Direct Messages. This works just like email. Reach one coworker quickly and directly. The screenshot above is showing a Direct Message.
Files & Search
Slack also offers interesting features for file sharing, search and more. To be honest, we don’t use them extensively yet. It works, but does not bring us the huge value we see in other features. But for your business, it might also be very useful.
It’s hard to implement team communication tools, whether it’s about chat, about know-how sharing or anything else involving the whole team. It’s always about tools and processes, but tools like Slack can help you simplify your’s, rethink and optimize your workflows with automation. We don’t know how it works out for bigger teams, but you should definitely give it a try.