Depositphotos_7685553_s-2015

Slack your way to better productivity

Back when I was in middle school, AOL Instant Messenger was all the rage. When all my friends got cell phones, texting became our main form of communication. When I got my first office job, Skype for Business was how my team communicated efficiently. So it only makes sense for businesses to adopt an IM service to empower greater productivity and efficiency.

Say hello to Slack. This communication service is more than just IM – it’s a productivity increasing, communication tool with integrated apps, universal device integration, and more. Started in just 2013, CEO and founder Stewart Butterfield’s slacker attitude towards the Silicon Valley’s “go go go” mentality not only represents the company’s style, but could be the secret to their $64 million in annual recurring revenue, reports the Los Angeles Times.

If I had a way to reduce running email threads, I’d jump to it. Too often, people hold what seems like group chats in email threads because they can share attachments, images, and it just becomes more convenient. However, Slack solves this longstanding gap between IM services and email. By the numbers, Slack’s data claims productivity increases an average of 32 percent by reducing nearly half the number of emails coming through your inbox and a third of your daily meetings.

Additionally, people feel their team is 80 percent more transparent after adopting Slack, the company claims. Transparency itself even has all sorts of benefits, such as increased periodicity, employee happiness, and improved communications, Fast Company reports.

Many times I’ve had to sift through my email to find notes, conversations, information, or something of the like. Slack makes this easy by indexing all my files, messages and notifications. It even digs a step deeper and lets you search PDFs, Word documents, Google docs and more.

Slack currently offers three pricing options with an enterprise option available later this year. Prices in the three options range from free to $15 a month, with a variety of benefits that come with each. Browse the details of these options to find what works best for your business’ needs.

I would absolutely recommend Slack to anyone looking to improve their office’s communications. As I mentioned, too often I get bogged down by email threads with various attachments, images and one-line responses to casual questions that it takes up some of my day when I could swiftly run through an IM, just like I did in the chat rooms back in middle school 😉

What would it take for your business to adopt a new communication service?