In today’s workplaces, collaboration isn’t always an in-person activity. Teams are spread out — not only across different floors of the same building, but often across the country or even the world. Members of those teams need to be able to communicate and work together remotely, even across different time zones. As a result, many companies lean on instant messaging platform Slack for quick, efficient communications.
But Slack isn’t just a messaging system. You can boost your company’s Slack productivity by integrating apps that enable your team to do more — like screen sharing, tracking time, and sharing knowledge.
Here are 10 of the best Slack apps so your team can work together in a more efficient, streamlined way.
If you have remote team members or multiple office locations, the ability to host conference calls is a must. Zoom offers a Slack integration that makes conference calls easy. With this app, you can simply enter the command /zoom in the channel where you’d like to start the meeting, and it will generate a conference call from directly within Slack. Everyone in the channel can simply click the link, and voilà — instant team meeting.
While Slack can be a convenient way to communicate with a remote team, working across time zones can complicate that. Slack Scheduler allows you to schedule messages for a future time, so you can determine exactly when they are delivered to your team. For example, if you want to check in on a project with a remote team, you can schedule a Slack message to be delivered the next morning at 9 a.m. their time, so they see it when they first get into the office.
You can have productive, collaborative conversations in Slack — but to be truly effective, those discussions should translate into clear action items. Workast makes that easy. By typing the command /todo, you can create a follow-up task — for yourself or to assign to a team member — based on any Slack message. Then, you can view your to-do list by channel, so you have a clear picture of your outstanding tasks.
TimeBot gives you an easy way to streamline your human resources functions.Rather than relying on spreadsheets and emails, you can manage time off requests, vacations, holidays, and sick leave directly through Slack. Additionally, TimeBot shows when other team members are out of office on the same dates, so you can keep your team adequately staffed.
Sometimes a Slack conversation isn’t enough. Sometimes, you need to see a teammate’s screen to truly understand a concept or work together to accomplish a task. With Dead Simple Screen Sharing, you can use the command /screenshare to instantly generate a screen sharing link.
Time tracking can get tedious when you have to constantly switch between windows and apps. Harvest’s Slack integration streamlines the process, allowing you to use simple slash commands to start and stop your timer without leaving Slack. You can also see what your teammates are working on so you don’t interrupt them while they’re busy working on an important project.
Statsbot, a business intelligence platform, provides valuable insights from your data — and its Slack integration makes accessing that data easier than ever. Using Slack, you can ask Statsbot data questions (like “What’s our revenue from Facebook campaigns this month?”) and easily share metrics with your team. You can also schedule reports for monitoring metrics and notifications for important updates in your database.
Quip simplifies project collaboration and sales management. Through Quip’s Slack integration, you can organize, edit, and share in-progress documents and projects with the rest of your team. With a range of slash commands, you can create documents, share documents, and get notifications when those documents are modified.
Slack can help your team use project management app Asana more efficiently. Through Slack, you can create new tasks within Asana projects and get notifications for tasks that are assigned to you. You can also set deadlines, assign projects to team members, and add comments and updates to track project progress.
We couldn’t get through a list of the best Slack apps for increasing productivity without bringing up our own Slack app. Bloomfire’s Slack integration enhances your team’s ability to share and capture knowledge in the flow of work. With a simple Slack command, you can search the company knowledge stored in your Bloomfire community (a cloud-based knowledge sharing platform) and share it with your team members.
With the Bloomfire Slack app, you can also preserve questions and answers communicated through Slack. When you ask or answer a question in Slack, you can simultaneously post that information in your Bloomfire community so that it becomes searchable. That means other team members can quickly find questions and answers in your Bloomfire community rather than having to sift through old Slack threads.
Ultimately, Bloomfire’s Slack app allows you to combine the real-time communication of Slack with the power of a searchable knowledge sharing platform. The result is that your team can tap into company knowledge within their Slack window, without having to toggle between tasks.The 10 integrations above transform Slack from a simple instant messaging app into a productivity engine for your team. Beyond chatting with your team, you can use these 10 best Slack apps to collaborate on projects, effectively communicate in multiple ways, and share up-to-date company knowledge.