For those of us that work in small or large nonprofit organisations, one thing we all have in common is the daunting task of staying up to date with team emails and conversation threads. Organizing and keeping track of emails affects our productivity, negatively.
What is Slack?
Slack is a digital web and mobile communications application that your nonprofit organisation can use to send direct messages, share files, make calls, and communicate in organized team channels.
Slack is an amazing tools to cultivate effective teamwork as team members can bounce ideas off each other and delegate tasks without having to clutter email inboxes.
Why does your organisation need Slack?
- Easy file sharing: Slack makes file sharing extremely easy for teams. Sharing files is as easy as dragging and dropping a file to the desired channel. Users can share images, PDFs, and videos.
- Hashtags: Conversations on Slack can be organized with the use of hashtags. Hashtags make it easy to track content as they can be added to messages which enables users to search a particular hashtag as opposed to conversation dates / keywords.
- Group channels and direct messages (DMs): Slacks gives the users opportunities to send direct/private messages to other users and private group channels are available by invitation.
- Increases productivity: Slack reduces the amount of time spent on emails, scrolling up and down trying to find that email Jane sent two weeks ago. Because Slack is instant this means effective and increased productivity.
- Good for team morale: It is no secret that working from home in the past year, away from colleagues has been emotionally draining, often leaving some team members feeling demotivated. Slack can help boost team morale by allowing teams to open channels that will be solely dedicated to their lunch hour where they can come together, have virtual lunch sit-downs, and catch up just like they used to do in the office.
Getting your nonprofit team onto Slack will not only reduce unnecessary email inbox volumes, but also, keep team leaders assured that team members are up to date with their work.