There’s an application for everything these days. From paying bills to watching Westworld on the train during your work commute, just about everything is a button on our smartphones. Even our mornings start the same way: check social media, catch up on emails, read the news, and see what meetings are lined up for the day. We can hop between 10 – 20 apps before the first cup of coffee.

But what about Slack? Is it another app we need in our lives? Does the much-hyped communication tool bringing worlds together like they say? Chances are you’ve heard of Slack and how it centralizes work and communications. But what exactly is Slack and how will it help productivity?

Some companies may refer to Slack as a “company chatroom” or “team messaging,” but that undersells what it can do. In simplest terms, Slack is a digital workplace.

What Makes Slack Different

Companies like Slack because it allows for frictionless collaboration. All work and internal communication are archived in channels are accessible to members via three specific types:

  • Public Channels  – Open to everyone
  • Private Channels – Channels accessible to invited members only
  • Shared Channels – Channels shared between multiple workplaces

Slack also integrates a massive library of third-party apps to centralize workflows like HubSpot, JIRA Cloud, and Zoho, to name a few. By integrating apps into Slack, teams stay engaged within the workspace, because all of their work apps are incorporated into one place, plus they can share information and chat.

Where Slack Shines

One of the biggest complaints professionals have against email, specifically for collaborative work, is inbox clutter. Slack was designed for collaboration.

A 30-minute brainstorm session can spin wildly into 5 email chains with 10 messages each, buried under canned responses and notifications. Making sense of the conversations becomes a puzzle, and there’s always the possibility that you weren’t involved in parts of the email.

With Slack, conversations are in view of everyone. This centralizes everything, giving the team access to the same materials and notes, without leaving anyone out.

Get The Best of Both Worlds

While Slack offers a plethora of features, the app isn’t without its drawbacks. Posting on Slack means, you’re sharing conversations and information with everyone who has access to the channel. When sharing confidential information, Slack’s private channels might be the way to go, in case you have information you don’t want getting spread. Otherwise, there’s always email.

Finalizing a major project proposal that spans several workbooks and documents may be better organized in one or two emails. But, if you want to use Slack, you could always start a private, invite-only channel to house information, too.

Think of Slack as another part of your company’s internal communication. Slack doesn’t replace email. But, what it does do is draws teams together via conversation and the ability to share files in the window. It’s a collaborative tool that works real time and produces real results for teams around the world. We’re not saying we don’t rely on Slack around the Umuse office but we aren’t saying it, either. Slack is pretty great.

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