By Cassie Lawrence
Slack has infiltrated workplace communications. While we’re sure you have the basics down pat, here are a few tips and tricks to make the most out of your Slack and impress your coworkers.
Beyond the Basics
If you want to go beyond sending messages and /giphy’s, there are simple ways to enhance your Slack experience. Set yourself or other members of your team a reminder for anything. Customize to-do items or important meetings by using the /remind command anywhere in Slack, and Slackbot will send the reminder for you. If there’s a message you want to follow up on, click the *** more actions icon on a message or file. By hovering over “Remind me about this,” you can choose a timeframe from the list. Focused but getting inundated with notifications? Hit the snooze button with the /dnd or do not disturb command to power through. You can also set default Do Not Disturb hours as well.
Your company’s Slack can have just as much personality as your company culture. Add character to your workspace by adding a custom emoji, Slackbot responses or loading messages (the messages as Slack loads). Start by clicking your workspace name in the top left of either the app or desktop and select Customize Slack from the menu. Toggle through the options and start customizing with inside jokes, company mascots, or cultural slogans that will make it that much more enjoyable as you’re answering your boss on a Sunday night.
You can also leverage your Slack as an organizational tool. By connecting your Google Calendar to Slack, you can control your calendar, see daily summaries of your schedule, receive notifications for meetings, and even start conference calls or hangouts. After adding the Google Calendar app to your Slack, you can adjust notification settings to make it work for you by using the /gcal command and selecting the “View Settings” button. Too many meetings? Save time by running daily check-ins or sharing weekly updates with your team without another app required.
Cassie Lawrence leads public relations for tech and digital media startups and Fortune 500 companies. She is currently a PR Manager at JSA Strategies. You can find out more about her on her LinkedIn, Twitter or Instagram.