Slack provides its users with lots of opportunities for productive and inspiring messaging. The easy-to-use interface and many integrations make it one the best tools in the markets. In addition, the pricing is affordable! Using Slack can increase the efficiency of your teams,since having a clear communication channel ensures that there is workflow integration and no one is left out!
To begin the process, it’s important to ensure that your entire team has the application on their phone or computer. Doing so ensures that integration and real-time communication will be easy now and in the future.
Users first need to create a profile and assign themselves a username on Slack digital collaboration tool. Creating Slack channels is one way of ensuring that your entire team can communicate and share important information, files and updates.
Channels can be general (open to all), or private (open to a select user group only). Channels assist with your organisation of information since there won’t be scattered team conversations about different topics or projects – all can be found in one clear space. Channels also ensure that it’s easy to search for a channel depending on the topic. Users can then contribute, join and leave as needed!
Creating a channel means that users can get quick responses, access the latest information, as well as retaining conversation and project histories. Also, users need to learn how to use the @mentions feature to help with quicker and more direct communication.
The mentions feature allows users to target specific users in a channel in order to gain direct feedback from them. Also, it ensures that everyone understands who the team member or manager is talking to in a conversation. Using the mentions function also means that the intended recipient will receive a notification to ensure that they won’t miss the message.
Slack project management tool also supports the use of emojis to ensure that there is some fun during the conversations, too. Users should be on the lookout for the perfect opportunity to use these emojis as a reaction instead of writing short messages that can clutter the conversation.
Emojis can also help speed up the work by providing short and precise replies. In addition, users can add some customized emojis to ensure that various channels feel unique. These customized emojis can help tailor different reactions from the team as required.
One thing that needs to be said, though, is that for digital facilitation Slack is not the best possible tool. It can be used as one, but it might not cover all the parts in virtual workshops.
“We’ve used the Slack project management tools in various projects. In all of them it’s been the client who has Slack and we have been invited to join as outside partners. This has made it easy to start using Slack: we can just enter the already built space and work from that!” – DCT Team