6 of Our Favorite Slack Hacks for Working From Home

Author: Tom Cottrill | Date Posted: Jun 20, 2020

If you or your team members are still working from home, good for you! If you or your team members are starting to get a little bored, welcome to the club!

We’ve done our research and with 10+ million users a day, Slack seems like the way a lot of teams keep open lines of communication from home. In fact, we are one of those companies. Slack has made it possible for our Ignitro team to maintain a sense of normalcy while still staying safe and comfortable in our own homes.

As a web development company, we are proud to have some pretty savvy team members. So, we thought it would be fun to ask them all about their favorite Slack hacks for working from home.

And here’s what we came up with!

    1. Utilize Slack for Voice Calls – Need to talk about a project? Don’t feel like typing? Just want to hear the sound of another human’s voice? Slack them! Connect with a coworker with just the quick press of a button. We have found that sometimes it’s just nice to “talk” to someone.

    2.Create Accountability Using Slack – Not quite as fun sounding, but very useful! We post our time tracking metrics automatically to Slack so that everyone knows exactly where they stand and there are no issues with “slackers.” Pun intended.

    3. Make Full Use of the “Random” Channel – Every company should have a random channel to talk about non-work-related things. It’s ok to talk about Netflix while you’re working…especially if it’s about the Tiger King. Consider this your “watercooler” talk that working from home is currently not providing.

    4. Track Who is In and Out of the “Office” – Since you’re not actually in the office, it’s much more challenging to track who is working and who isn’t. We like to use an attendance channel that fills the team in on doctor’s appointments, homeschooling breaks, and PTO days.

    5. Integrate Slack with Other Tools – We make the most of this by having urgent client emails go to a specific Slack channel that makes it easy for someone to answer them immediately and without digging through their inbox.

    6. Create Custom Emojis – Do it. Trust me, you’ll thank us later. At Ignitro, our new favorite is the Kool-Aid man emoji which we use as a nod to our in-office shenanigans that you can see here.

While you might think nothing can replace the feeling of being in a collaborative environment in your office, we think Slack is doing a great job of providing a very close second. The goal is to keep your team productive, accountable, and most of all, happy! As the Kool-Aid man would say, “Ohhhhh, yeah!”

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