What is one of your favorite private Slack channels that you’re a member of?
To help you with choosing Slack channels to create within your business, we asked small business owners and managers this question for their best recommendations. From utilizing a book club to creating a praise wall, there are several channel ideas that may help inspire you to create one for your staff.
Here are 7 channel recommendations for you to start within your business:
- Utilize a Book Club
- Tune into After Hours
- Dance to the Beat
- Begin a Pet Updates Channel
- Start a Lounge
- Begin a Holiday Love Channel
- Create a Praise Wall
Utilize a Book Club
One of my favorite private Slack channels is the one for my book club. It’s a great way to keep in touch with everyone and make sure we’re all up to date on what’s going on.
Matthew Ramirez, Rephrase
Tune Into After Hours
My company has an ‘after_hours’ channel where people strike conversations about basically anything except work. Discussing the news or sharing memes about whatever it is you want can be a really relaxing way to finish off your remote-work day, so I tune in a couple of times a week to compensate for the lack of social interaction when working remotely.
Natalia Brzezinska, PhotoAiD
Dance to the Beat
I love our company’s music channel. It’s a casual channel where we can share our favorite bands, artists, and musicians. Since our team is fully remote, we’re always looking for ways to connect with one another. This dedicated space to share our music interests is a way for us to bond and have some fun at the same time.
Melanie Bedwell, Olipop
Begin a Pet Updates Channel
Every company should have a Pet Update Slack channel. Everyone enjoys receiving channel notifications about animals, and you are able to get information on how all the animals are doing and such. It adds a positive aspect to daily work and roles, one that everyone needs daily.
Daniel Tejada, Straight Up Growth
Start a Lounge
Our “Lounge” private channel in Slack is one of my favorites. This is where we hold our water cooler conversations and share a variety of exciting ideas so we can relax and casually chat with one another amid a busy workday.
This way, we still get to improve our working relationships and get to know one another personally despite working remotely. By purchasing Slack’s pro account, we could unlock its Huddles feature, which helped us eventfully conduct a virtual team-building activity over Lounge.
Siva Mahesh, Dreamshala
Begin a Holiday Love Channel
I own no less than 12 artificial Christmas trees and several dozen tubs of decorations, so it should come as no surprise that #holiday-love is my favorite Slack channel. On this channel, members post pictures of holiday decorations, desserts, and celebrations, along with comments about holiday plans. The posts are festive and help to spread the holiday spirit in our remote office. Plus, I love seeing my coworker’s creativity and getting inspiration to freshen up my festivities. While the channel is most active at Christmas, coworkers can also use this space to celebrate occasions throughout the year.
Carly Hill, Virtual Holiday Party
Create a Praise Wall
We have a Slack channel where team members shout out to other team members who went the extra mile. It can be something small and personal or big and influential to the bottom line. So many of these moments are missed when we’re hard at work, which is why having a #PraiseWall channel is such a good way to ensure everyone gets their due recognition.
Nate Tsang, WallStreetZen