New to Slack? Slack is an online message system (think Facebook for teams), that lets you do a whole lot more than share cat videos. It has become the go-to tool for company communications for many remote teams.Teams can create groups (called ‘channels’ in Slack), where you can post comments and share your work. The paid-for version integrates with lots of other online tools, making it easy to share project updates, documents, videos and more. Discussions are searchable, making it relatively easy to follow threads. If you’re working on something confidential, you can create private groups and send private messages to other team members.
Slack has some great how-to video guides on their website and their Youtube channel. You can start using Slack for free, although the free version has a limit on messages, and doesn’t support larger group phone calls.
This quirky advert gives another overview, showing how one team uses Slack.
While Slack is pretty commonly used in remote teams, there are plenty of other tools out there for managing team communications and handling projects, such as Yammer, Campfire, Sococo and Asana. If you’re starting your remote job search, it’s worth taking a little time to try out a few of these tools. Most have at least a free trial version, so you shouldn’t need to spend any money. Have a look at our Mini Guide <> for more information on some of the key tech tools used by many remote teams.