Get your team organised with Slack
After a night of absolute downpour, you arrive at your new job site early in the morning only to find that the storm has left chaos in it’s wake. Ah bugger, things haven’t exactly started off on the right foot. You send a photo of the rain-damaged job site to your workmates and start sending each and everyone of them an SMS with various map locations to get them off to different jobs for the day.
Instead of spending hours chasing up colleagues, sifting through endless text messages and emails searching for misplaced plans and invoices, why not keep your team and your documents in one place that’s accessible anytime, anywhere? It’s time to introduce you to this powerful tool called Slack.
Need to check with your team if the products have been delivered? You can Slack it.
Want to show off an impressive before and after shot of a job well done? You can Slack that too.
Need a quick coffee run with the team? Yep, go ahead and Slack it.
Here are 5 reasons why Slack will make your life a whole lot easier.
1. Dedicated channels for each project
The best feature of Slack is the ability to easily create dedicated channels for different teams and projects. This means that all discussions remain relevant to the topic at hand.
Create a channel for your accounts team or for each individual job site.
You can even create a channel for off-topic discussions on life outside of work. The possibilities are endless, and if you need some ideas on how to categorise your channels, check out Ambient Construction’s post on how they use Slack.
Now, instead of having to spend money sending photos of the rain-damaged job site and coordinating your crew through text messages, you can just slack it to the dedicated project channel! Too easy.
2. Share and access documents wherever you are
Slack is available on desktop, tablet and mobile which means that all the messages sent by you and your team are up to date instantly – like magic!
Work gets a lot easier when you can share and access all sorts of mixed media files whenever and wherever you are. Quickly and easily drop videos, photos and documents to your team. If you’re not sure where the floor plans you shared ended up, do a quick search on Slack and you’ll find them in no time.
It’s back to work you go (but not before you share a quick snap of that Porsche that just pulled up next door)!
3. Plug in to other vital tools
Slack comes integrated with other digital services. So if you’re using tools like Dropbox, Google Drive or Evernote, you can easily share documents, lists and events with your team. Sharing really just got easier!
Check out Slack’s full list of service integrations to help expand your Slack experience!
4. Use Slack with CSR Connect
Make the most out of Slack by using it with CSR Connect. The best way to share your latest orders and invoices with your team and clients is to download them straight from your CSR Connect account and drop it onto Slack.
You can also setup Google calendar reminders for upcoming events or for making important payments. These reminders will notify you and your team on Slack. And hey, if you stumble upon a helpful article or instructional video on CSR Connect, you can share it on Slack too, because sharing is caring ?!
5. Build a modern team culture
When it comes down to it, the most important thing that Slack helps to do is to build a modern and more productive team culture. You can collaborate with your team at any time, no matter where they’re located.
With Slack, your team will be communicating and sharing files all in one place which really helps to reduce time wastage and communication costs. That means there’s more time and money for that coffee run or for a nice cold drink with your mates after work.
The new year brings a new opportunity to get your business and your team organised. If you find that you’ve been getting caught up amongst all the phone calls, text messages, emails and papers, then it’s time to cut yourself some slack. So go ahead, get your team organised and download Slack for free here.