If your company communicates via Slack or one of its competitors, you know the intoxicating allure of a giant workplace chatroom where you can set up entire rooms devoted to things like Riverdale and skin care. And then there’s the actual job stuff you need to talk about. It can really eat up a day! Here’s how you keep it from eating up your nights, too.
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I’m a big fan of making lists. I have a list of things I need to get done the month, another list is broken out into things I need to do this week, and yet another list of things that need to be completed in a day. For me and how I work, they’re great for keeping me organised, and I get a lot of satisfaction in crossing yet another item off my list.
Slack has rapidly grown to become the collaboration hub for modern workplaces around Australia. Everyday, people plug into Slack channels to discuss ideas, collaborate on projects, and share, search and archive key documents and conversations.
However, many workers aren’t making full use of the range of features that Slack offers. Whether you’re new to Slack or are already the Slack guru of your workplace, the below 16 hacks will help unlock a whole new world of productivity potential.
Video: If you work from home, you know how important it is to stay connected with your boss and coworkers via email and chat programs such as Slack. The trouble is, text-only communication can leave a lot up to the imagination in terms of tone. Is your online boss really a jerk who hates everything you do? Or are you just reading their messages in the worst way possible?
Atlassian and Slack have announced plans to come together bringing their two messaging and collaboration platforms together. With Microsoft and Google beefing up their efforts in the increasingly important collaboration software sector, the two team communication tools are hooking up to counter that power.
Most of us have been caught in the loop of receiving an email or message asking for something but not having an easy way to move that task from your messaging platform to your to-do list. For a while now, Slack has supported the ability to do that but it was via "slash commands". But the company has added new integration to their messaging platform that allows you to connect messages to tasks in other workflow management tools.
When I joined the workplace Slack, I went in guns blazing. I posted too much, inserted myself into conversations, embarrassed myself in private channels. Don't be like me! But also don't be a terrified wallflower. Here's how to settle into a new Slack without embarrassing yourself.
macOS: Sure, Slack might be everyone's go-to workplace communication app, but that doesn't mean it's infallible (I won't even get started on @here). Take its bright white interface, for example. It might be great for long stretches of work from 9-5, but if you're on the night shift, or simply getting some quick missives off before bed, all that #FFFFF can mess with your sleep cycle. Instead use Sblack, the macOS app that converts your Slack app into one suited for night owls rather than early risers.
Having an office Secret Santa can be fun. However, being in charge of organising an office Secret Santa can be decidedly not fun. Depending on the size of your office, getting everyone together to draw names can be a chore all on its own, and when you do, chances are good that somehow, some way, the one guy who was on holiday on selection day will manage to draw himself and you'll have to do the whole thing over again.
Cal Henderson is the co-founder and CTO of Slack, the leading workplace messaging platform, which Henderson's team invented while trying to build an online game called Glitch. That wasn't the first time Henderson and his Slack co-founder Stewart Butterfield set out to build a game and ended up with a startup. In the early 2000s, Henderson joined Butterfield's team to build Game Neverending, which spawned the photo-sharing site Flickr. He's been programming (and blogging at iamcal.com) for 15 years.
Until now, the only people that could participate in a channel within Slack have been teams inside a company. Shared Channels connect two different organisations, and create a secure common space for both sides to make use of Slack’s communication features and platform integrations when working together.
After a three month delay, Microsoft has delivered on its promise to enable guest access in Microsoft Teams. Although Teams was released earlier this year, it boasts over 125,000 users across 181 countries. Now, anyone with an Active Directory account across Microsoft commercial cloud services and third-party Azure AD integrated apps can be added as a guest in Teams.
Messaging services such as Slack and Facebook Messenger are just a few places you can play with bots, programs that provide a service within an app or platform. With Botlist, you can find a bot to fit your needs for a variety of services, including bots that will shave some seconds off your commute, help you convert files, and keep you on your diet by helping you document your dishes.
I love holidays but there are two things that really bust my chops about taking some hard-earned R&R: the massive push before you leave to clear everything from your to-do list and coming back to a billion messages. While there’s not a lot you can do about the first problem, Slack is taking a crack at the second part - at least when it comes to messages. Highlights is an intelligence layer that the company says will transform the way people keep up with critical information and build connections at work.
Team messaging application Slack is upping the ante in the battle of the collaboration platforms. With Slack, HipChat and Microsoft Teams all battling it out to master the collaboration game, Slack has added the ability to time limit guest access to chats and adding some extra information so you know more about guests.