How internal communication apps can bring your team closer together
The importance of team building and internal communications is paramount in any industry these days. Especially when your business has team members based hundreds of miles away. Keeping communication channels open is a must to ensure the smooth workflow and success of the business is kept intact.
At NEC this is exactly the situation we are in, with Milosz and Liam working out of our Edinburgh branch and Email just doesn’t cut it when we have multiple people collaborating on a project and sending files to each other on a daily basis. It can become a massive tangled mess.
After hunting many weeks and multiple different systems being used we finally settled on using Slack for internal communications as it appeared to have the perfect features that we were looking for. File sharing, channel creation for different areas of the business, video confering abilities through Google Hangout integration and most importantly of all, it was a real time live chat feed, so the ability to communicate with each other was always there and in real time.
Needless to say, it has changed our workflow entirely. Asking each other about niggling areas of a job, or sharing that image that you need for projectX has become real-time and truly collaborative, with everything stored incase we need to search for the image at a later date.
The surprising part of using Slack is the fact that communication continues outside of working hours with many fantastic links and brainstorms happening into the late hours of the night, from home and whilst on the move through the mobile app. This is something that, had we stayed with basic email, would never really have occurred and has led to productivity within our own projects increasing massively.
Now I’m not going to pretend that all communication via chat is intellectual, necessary and productive. Most of the time it’s just posting gifs of stupid things simply to annoy Liam, but the team rapport is there and I don’t think it would have really been as tightly knit as it would have been had we not started using Slack.
If you are a team who are reliant on collaboration for completing projects, then I would highly recommend Slack for anyone looking to streamline processes and really bring your team closer together.
Oh and did I mention it has a free plan, but if you sign up using our link you’ll get $100 credit added to your account to use as you please!
About Bob Gentle
I'm the MD at NEC. I work with clients on strategy and digital marketing and lead research and development in this quickly evolving area.