How to Use Slack
Use this template to outline best practices for your team’s internal use of Slack. Learn more about this template.
How should we use Slack?
Slack can be used for real-time conversations and to connect with colleagues, but the expectation is that Slack should be considered an asynchronous communication tool. This means that you're not required to respond to a message immediately, as your focused attention might be elsewhere (in a meeting or on your deep thinking work).
Personalize your Slack experience
Include a photo of you that shows your face (not Pizza, sorry)
Include the Slack channels where your work can be found (i.e. internaI-comms)
Add your gender pronouns
Notifications and channel Settings
To better prioritize channels and direct messages:
Use Slack's Section functionality to categorize your convos
Set message reminders to manage your queue
Star conversations to mark them as important
Consistently use a 📌 when referring to pinned Guru Card, Asana or Google project in the channel
Honor and Personalize your stATUS
Connect Slack to Google Calendar to make the team aware you're in a meeting
Utilize preset Slack statuses and set your status to normalize sharing (e.g. heads down, with kids, on a walk)
Self-honor your status: If on vacation, be on vacation; after hours, respond in the morning
In turn, recognize that your colleague set a status to explicitly communicate something. It's certainly okay to send them a message, but remember that Slack is asynchronous
Posting guidelines and etiquette:
Pause before you post:
To allow us to better assume good intent, seek balance, and promote mindful action at work, consider pausing before you post. This encourages us to slow down in order to respond vs. react to a message
When an individual is @mentioned in a channel, consider waiting for that human to respond before joining the conversation
Post in public or shared channels vs. direct messages. This is why Slack exists and is the most impactful habit we can change to promote transparency!
@mention human beings in channels (it's okay we promise) if you require a direct response
Use @groups to communicate with a specific team. This will empower anyone on the team to respond.
Only use at @here for time-bound communication (i.e. here's the Zoom PW I forgot to include)
Do not use @channel
Use Message urgency indicators:
👆:point_up: = Making You Aware. No action needed
🚩 :triangular_flag_on_post: = Need ASAP. Hoping for an immediate response
1️⃣ :one: = Response requested in 1 Day. 1 day grace period for a response
3️⃣ :three: = Response requested in 3 Days. 3 day grace period for a response
🚗 :car: = Move This Party Elsewhere. A polite reminder a message should be in a different channel. Assuming good intent, this a polite suggestion that convo is better suited somewhere else (thread or a DM). It's important to understand this is an accepted suggestion and is not meant to feel rude or mean.
Use Message Reactions consistently
Use reaction emojis: Reacting to Slack messages to let people know if you've read it or completed the action item.
:eyes: = Taking a look/Will take a look
:white_check_mark: = action taken
Find custom Guru emojis for Slack here