The number one issue teams with remote employees face is with communication. When unavoidable situations, like the Covid-19 pandemic for example, force entire organizations to work remotely, this issue is exponentially magnified.
Why do teams struggle with something as simple as communication when technology today can provide a solution for a trip to Mars? We’ve found that the reason most companies struggle with creating a seamlessly collaborative environment is precisely because there are many solutions available.
There are tools for messaging, voice chats, voice calls, video calls, file sharing, task management, etc etc etc.
Teams that go remote without proper planning end up installing multiple solutions for collaboration and this creates a maze that employees get lost in. The result is always poor coordination and a drop in productivity.
As product owners of a remote working tool, we know a thing or two about efficient remote working. While you may need more than one solution to complete the collaborative environment within your org, picking the right tools will greatly help limit the number of channels being used. This will not only improve communication between employees and teams, it will also cost you less.
Slack is a collaboration tool that supports multiple modes of communication and collaboration on one platform: messaging, voice calls, file sharing, and group creation. Here are the core features of Slack that make it a great tool for remote teams:
1. Organised Conversations
Slack allows one-on-one messaging and the creation of channels (groups with select members) for team conversations. You can send messages and files over these channels. You can also share channels to collaborate with an external organization.
2. Voice and Video Calls
You can connect with any member within the workspace via voice or video calls, right from the platform. You can also share your screen with a call participant.
3. Slack App Store
While Slack in itself is built for communication (text, voice and video), it has an extensive app store that provides apps to perform many more functions. There are calendar apps, project management apps, analytics apps, etc. In fact, our very own meeting automation bot Dixi is built for Slack. With these apps, you can transform Slack into a complete collaboration unit.
Slack divides workspace members into:
Creators of the workspace. Have access to set permissions.
Assigned by Workspace Owners to help manage the team.
Can send messages and files to other members in their workspace.
Can send messages and files only on specific channels.
There you go, that’s basically all you need to know to convince you Slack is a very useful tool for remote teams. Give it a try and let us know what you think.
P.S. You can further improve your Slack workspace by using our free automation bot Dixi. Know More here: www.dixiapp.com