Managing remote teams on Slack has its fair share of challenges.
From tracking productivity and coordinating meetings with your team to building a unified company culture, there’s a lot you have to consider when working online.
If you’re currently using Slack to manage your team, here are 10 apps that will make your job a lot easier.
A big part of managing a remote team is ensuring everyone is engaged while they’re working.
It’s hard to do that when you’re not all in the same location, which is why an app like Officevibe is necessary.
The app helps you measure your team’s satisfaction in real-time using weekly anonymous surveys.
As you collect feedback, you can get a clear picture of your team’s overall engagement and figure out what needs to be changed to create a better remote working environment.
A simple way to improve your team’s overall engagement is to encourage social connections.
Studies have shown that relationships tremendously impact our health, happiness, and quality of life.
In remote teams, relationships with coworkers are especially important for increasing team performance and reducing feelings of isolation.
Sparkly helps create better connections by asking team members in your Slack workspace about their interests and introducing them to others that share the same interests.
Your team members are matched up to five times per week.
The more you can get everyone talking to each other, the more likely they’ll work well together.
Polly is another great tool for encouraging team collaboration and feedback.
It’s especially handy in situations when you’re making changes to internal processes that may affect how your team works together.
You can use it to collect feedback on new content ideas, marketing campaigns, technical sprints, and just about anything else that needs a second opinion.
The great thing about Polly is that it comes with several pre-made templates you can use.
You can also export the results of your polls to an external CSV file and create automated workflows to save time.
Speaking of time, TimeBot is a Slack app that lets you manage time-off requests, vacations, and team absences.
If you’re managing a full-time remote team, this app is a must-have.
You can use it to sync your team’s availability with Google or Outlook calendar and approve or reject time-off requests without leaving Slack.
There’s also an option to set a limit on paid time off days and view a history of time off requests.
Plus, your team members can use this app to see how many days-off they have remaining and to check who else is out of office.
When managing remote teams, you’ll often run into situations where you need to notify your team about important information.
You can always send a private message or use the default
@here commands to send notifications, but that’s not an ideal solution.
It’s easy for team members to forget important tasks when they’re working on multiple things at a time.
That’s why installing the @must-read app is essential to keeping your team aligned.
Here’s how it works:
1. You send a message mentioning
@must-read along with
@channel to add it to each team member’s read-list. Their read-list is delivered at 9 A.M in their time-zone.
2. The app sends you a message with a list of items your team members have viewed. You can access this list at any time by typing the
You can also use the app to save links for yourself.
All you need to do is send a message or link using
@channel and mention
@yourname to add it to your private read list.
Remembering important tasks is great and everything, but one thing that can really make a difference when managing remote teams is remembering your team’s birthdays.
BirthdayBot is an app that helps you do just that.
It keeps track of upcoming birthdays and makes sure you don’t forget.
BirthdayBot also has a unique collection of celebrations that go beyond the generic “happy birthday” wishes.
When a team member’s birthday comes around, the bot will personally greet them and make their day!
Karma is another app you can use to make your team members feel appreciated at work.
This app makes it easy to give feedback for a job well done.
To give karma coins to one of your team members, you can type in
@user ++ [your custom appreciation], or use
@channel to give karma to everyone in the channel.
Team members will be able to track their position on the app’s leaderboard and use their points to redeem office perks.
The app also allows you to store your company values and display it using the
/k values command.
This is a great feature because it makes your company’s values easily accessible to everyone on your team.
It’s good practice to explain your Karma points system and other tools and processes you use whenever you add a new team member to your Slack workspace.
GreetBot makes doing that a lot easier by enabling you to automate your onboarding process.
You can use the app to highlight key people and resources in your Slack workspace and to greet new teammates in public and private channels.
The app comes with several fun themes you can use to welcome new team members.
For example, there’s an option to onboard users using built-in message packs like lyrics from hit songs or quotes from cinema classics.
There’s also a detailed log you can access at any time to track your latest activity.
If you want to keep track of all the files shared within your workspace, then Google Drive’s Slack app is all you need.
Connect the app to your Slack workspace, and you’ll be able to track changes made to any documents you share with your team.
You’ll also get a notification every time new files are shared with you.
The best part is that you can reply directly to comment notifications from within Slack and have them posted to the file.
This is a huge time-saver, especially when you’re managing a large team with several files shared between everyone.
And that brings us to the number one app.
Slack for Gmail is an app that every team manager should have.
This app will help you avoid the unnecessary back and forth in your email threads and keep your whole team on the same page during discussions.
Once you send a message from Gmail to Slack, your team will be able to see its contents as well as any attachments.
So there you have it, 10 of the best tools for managing remote teams on Slack.
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Happy remote working!
- Business growth consultant specializing in the B2B SaaS and IT service industry.