Exactly what is Slack for business? According to their company homepage, “When your team needs to kick off a project, hire a new employee, deploy some code, review a sales contract, finalize next year’s budget, measure an A/B test, plan your next office opening, and more, Slack has you covered.” That’s a lot of coverage!
In ways Slack is like the Facebook of the business world; no selfies necessary. Slack launched in 2014.
It can be used by employees and employers to order lunch, an Uber, or streamline the onboarding process for new hires. Slack already does a lot and it’s rolling out apps, and updates to existing apps, that do even more.
Some notable Slack apps:
- Bitbucket Cloud App helps coders to communicate and collaborate with teammates efficiently. The new version, which generated a 788% increase in downloads in its first 6-weeks, features notifications for activities like when a build is finished.
- Astrobot is an AI-powered personal assistant that helps to ease the email navigation process, so employees and employers don’t have to sift through the bulk of their email to get to the most important, or relevant, emails they need at the moment for the task at hand.
- Leo is an App that helps with employee morale and satisfaction without procuring HR backlog. Employers can use the app to ask questions on a weekly basis about employee satisfaction. Employees can answer anonymously (and thus likely more honestly), and then team leaders and management can make the necessary adjustments to facilitate work-life happiness.
- These are but a few of the new and improved apps available through the Slack App Directory. So, what are you waiting for? Don’t be a slacker. Head over to Slack.com to see what all the downloads are about.