Tech Tip: Slack can help teams communicate

Jennifer Rotner

Jennifer Rotner

Jennifer Rotner
Elite Editing

Here at Elite Editing, many of our employees work from home, so we know just how great it is to have (1) a two-minute commute, (2) dominion over the coffeepot, (3) flexible work hours, (4) flexible yoga pants and (5) nearby dogs. We’re not alone. The New York Times reported that more than 43% of the US workforce telecommutes at least sometimes, and 80% would welcome that option.

Telecommuting is also good for business. Working remotely has been shown to increase worker satisfaction, boost productivity and encourage employee retention. But how can a company keep everyone — both in the office and at home — in sync when people can’t meet at the watercooler or in a conference room?

Luckily, there are flexible, powerful collaboration tools that streamline telecommuting. One such tool is Slack, and at Elite Editing, we find it indispensable. Slack is an acronym for “Searchable Log of All Conversation and Knowledge,” but I prefer to imagine the name is a clever pun about how it helps companies pick up the slack — because that’s exactly what it does.

Slack is a digital workspace, a way for our team to easily communicate and collaborate whether we’re on the go (via mobile apps) or at our desks. Slack allows us to store and share files, gather in virtual rooms (called channels), instantly message each other, and later search those messages. It integrates with over a thousand apps, and it keeps all our data safe and secure.

At Elite Editing, we thrive on a cooperative, supportive company culture. Our employees and contractors know there’s always someone ready to answer questions, debate a complicated bit of grammar, or supply encouragement as needed. Slack makes all of that easy.

This article is featured in The Daily Record’s Path To Excellence: A Woman’s Guide To Business. The mission of the Path to Excellence magazine is to give our readers the opportunity to meet successful women of all ages, backgrounds and beliefs and learn how they define success. Read more from Path to Excellence.

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