Productivity

Energize your remote work culture with these 6 apps for Slack

Track your time, check on others and jam together with the same soundtrack

By the team at SlackJune 9th, 2020

If you’re new to remote work, you might be nostalgic about the little things that helped you feel connected while at the office: water cooler talks, your deskmate’s music choices, even seeing who’s on snack break. In the midst of getting used to working remotely, our developer community has come up with solutions to bridge the gaps with some fun apps to help you feel close to your coworkers, no matter their distance.

Add a daily dose of fun to coworker interactions with Visual Office

visual office UI screenshot

 

Social cues—like seeing a teammate who’s heads down on work or getting an invite to a group lunch—are part of everyday office life. Visual Office exists to ensure that those cues aren’t lost remotely. Use it to update your Slack status and emotional state, and set your Do Not Disturb (DND) preferences, all from one screen. Plus, you can create private office spaces for your team, where you can see who’s at their desk and who might be open to a social break.

App icon
Install
Use Visual Office to:
  • Tie together your Slack status, DND settings, emotional state and a virtual office, helping to introduce social cues into your remote team
  • Begin each day with a standup that covers workload and well-being
  • Enter the “lunch” or “break room” in Visual Office, by way of adding you to a private channel for that room, where you can connect with other teammates looking for social time

Schedule a spontaneous meetup in Slack

UI screenshot of Snack

When you’re missing the coffee meetups and hallway chats of office life, grab time with Snack. The app matches two random people in a Slack channel for a short, timed video call. Matching is based on your activity on Slack, your time zone and your interests, and it helps kick things off with a series of icebreakers to discuss.

App icon
Install
Use Snack to:
  • Match people for impromptu, video conversations with icebreakers
  • Conduct meetings with time limits, which help reduce anxiety for people who want spontaneous conversation

Curate daily virtual art shows with ArtLens

Artlens UI screenshot

ArtLens lets users recharge, get inspired and discuss different topics in a distributed workplace. It does this by sharing artwork every weekday from The Cleveland Museum of Art’s Open Access collection, inserting a moment or two of art appreciation into a busy workday.

App icon
Install
Use ArtLens to:
  • Interact with the @artlens bot and pick artwork from daily prompts
  • Choose artwork and share your thoughts
  • See your team’s selected works and comments at the end of each workday

Sync your whole team’s music with Resonatr

Resonatr UI screenshot

Resonatr solves an interesting problem: How do you share and synchronize music across your entire team, no matter where they’re working? With Resonatr, you set aside a channel for people to post requests or add songs to a playlist, and in turn it creates a station everyone can listen to together and work to the same beat.

App icon
Install
Use Resonatr to:
  • Create a Slack channel that maps to a Spotify playlist
  • Add new tracks based on the audience’s top tracks and requests
  • Synchronize playback for anyone who joins

Connect your team over topics with Polly

GIF of navigating Polly UI

Polly is an old favorite and at its core is a great way to poll everyone for their opinions or track satisfaction through surveys. But recent updates—from trivia to team recognition features—have added a slew of ways to spark social connections in your team.

App icon
Install
Use Polly to:
  • Run an interactive trivia game: ’90s movies? Cooking? Music from the ’80s? Geometry? There are thousands of questions across dozens of categories
  • Gather hot takes from everyone with a random prompt for a much-needed break from work
  • Turn recognition into a team experience with a quirky, fun employee awards event

Track your time in no time with Remoty

UI screenshot of Remoty

Remoty offers a lightning quick way to track your time in Slack, courtesy of a few short slash commands. Use it to clock in and out, mark off breaks and let others know when you’re back. Remoty also does daily standup meetings and offers export files for preparing timesheets or billable hours for clients.

App icon
Install
Use Remoty to:
  • Clock /in and /out with simple slash commands to track your time
  • Export logs of data into a CSV file for payroll purposes
  • Automatically post availability in channels so everyone has visibility

Creative times call for creative measures, and this crop of new and updated apps can help your team meet each other, work together, and stay up to date with one another wherever they are. With more than 2,200 tools available in the Slack App Directory, there’s something for every team’s needs.

Looking to build an app of your own? Slack API has all the tools you need to get started. You can also sign up for a free consultation with Slack experts.

Was this post useful?

0/600

Awesome!

Thanks so much for your feedback!

Got it!

Thanks for your feedback.

Oops! We're having trouble. Please try again later!

Keep reading

Transformation

Using Slack as a CPO: How Slack can help you lead a product organization

Learn how our Chief Product Officer uses Slack to keep her team aligned and focused from anywhere

Collaboration

Loblaw optimizes online grocery services with Slack

When Canadians began to shelter-in-place, Loblaw stepped up to help customers shop from the safety of their homes

Productivity

Bringing tools together to unlock more productive ways of working

How ViacomCBS, Riot Games, Etsy, and more are connecting their teams and tools in Slack

Transformation

How to stay engaged, resilient and ready in the age of remote work

Executives from Lyft, Zoom, ASU, and more explain how they’re adapting to a new reality