Slack is one of our all-time favorite tools; in fact, you’ve probably heard us bring it up once or twice in the past. It’s amazing, and we love to flaunt all the awesome tools we use to get sh*t done.
Be prepared to hear about it again – but in a newer, better light.
Until recently, we haven’t taken advantage of the very, very full roster of ways to pimp out your Slack channels and functionality. This was a HUGE mistake on our part. There’s a little something for everyone, for every industry, for every need from business management to team building to overall happiness.
“The most interesting ones are the free Slack apps that convert Slack into the hub for your business. Instead of switching between Slack and other apps, these tools let you do everything from basic HR organization to team-building and project management right inside Slack.
To select these apps, we combed the Slack directory, searching for apps that added a feature that couldn’t be easily duplicated natively in Slack. To meet the criteria for this article, each app needed to be useful across a broad range of team and company types, in addition to being free. Here are our favorites.”
Take a look at their fully-charted list right here, and keep scrolling for our highlighted favorites:
While there’s obviously a slew of incredible applications, integrations, and bots to make the world of Slack even more productive and fulfilling, we wanted to focus on just a favored few from the list above that we are either using currently or are planning on using in the future.
A simple, powerful app to help you schedule meetings with people on your team. We could have used this, like… years ago.
“Meekan understands human-readable requests, such as “Meekan, I need to meet with @dscrute @jhalpert and @abernard about sales stats next week.” Meekan will then analyze each person’s calendar to find the ideal meeting time, then suggest the best times in a Slack thread beneath the original message.”
A very cool way to connect with your co-workers – especially when you’re working remotely.
“Enter Donut, a Slack app that randomly pairs coworkers and reminds them to meet up, whether it’s for coffee or just a 15 minute Slack call. For example, at Zapier, we use Donut to randomize meetings between all employees who are in the
A complete lifesaver when it comes to working your butt off (also called being a workaholic)!
“The Stop, Breathe & Think Slack app facilitates this from within your workspace. Chat conversationally with the app and give it details such as how you’re feeling mentally and physically in order to receive tailored meditations and breathing exercises that you can do right from your desk.”
What are your favorite apps for Slack (free or paid)? We’d love to hear how you’re getting sh*t done! Let us know in the comments below.