5 WAYS TO RULE THE CUBICLES AS THE LORD OF SLACK
Stay Organized with Channels
Referring to Slack as a work chat platform feels like an injustice. It's so much more than that! One feature that sets Slack apart is its Channels feature, which helps you avoid tedious email chains and extra meetings. Channels allow you to communicate with your team by department or project, instead of by direct message only. To set up a channel on your iPhone, tap the plus icon in the upper right corner of the channel list. Tap Create and enter in a name and purpose for your channel. If you make your channel public, anyone in the company can join; if you set it to private, you can invite people by tapping the name of the channel, then Members, then Invite.
Get Answers with a Poll
Have you ended up on the party planning committee against your will? Slack makes it easier to serve your time. Trying to decide what kind of pizza to get for the next office luncheon? Save a lot of unnecessary debate by creating a quick poll in Slack. It's shockingly easy and is sure to impress your coworkers. Just type /poll, followed by a question and multiple-choice answers separated with quotes. To respond to the poll on your iOS device, just tap the number that corresponds to your answer of choice.
For Comic Relief, Send a GIF
Slack isn't all business—it's a virtual watercooler where you can bond with coworkers and build office culture. While we like to do things like set goofy profile pics and play pranks using Slackbot, one of the easiest ways to have fun with Slack is to send GIFs. To send GIFs, first install Giphy in the Slack App Directory on Slack's website. Once that's done, you can open a channel or direct message and type /giphy followed by a descriptive word. Let Giphy take it from there! If all the GIFs in a channel are getting distracting, just type /collapse in the channel in question, and the images will be hidden from view.
React to a Message
Some Slack messages don't require a response. Yet you don't want to leave it hanging there lonely, do you? You can give the message some love with minimal effort by reacting to it. At our office, we use this feature to acknowledge we've seen messages like “Bringing my dog in after lunch,” or “Heading out for a haircut, be back in an hour,” usually with a thumbs up or a heart. To do this on your iPhone or iPad, press and hold the message, tap Add Reaction, then choose the emoji you'd like to pin to the message.
Stay Sane with Do Not Disturb
With Slack on your phone, it's easy for work to follow you home at the end of the day. Don't let Slack get in the way of your couch time—set up a Do Not Disturb schedule. To do this, tap the menu option in the upper right corner of a message thread and go to Settings > Do Not Disturb. From there, you can set a schedule to match your work hours, so notifications will be snoozed at night until work begins the next day. And finally, if you're OOO during work hours for lunch or an appointment, just type /DND in any channel or message thread to manually begin or end a Do Not Disturb session.