Six Slack hacks that will blow your mind

By Philippos Savvides, Manager of Learning Technologies  

Slack has become an essential communication tool at EdPlus. More than 380 EdPlus-affiliated team members actively use Slack every day. Here are six productivity hacks that will make your Slack experience more efficient and hopefully, more fun!  

1. Schedule meetings with Meekan Scheduling

Meekan matches team members’ calendars, whether they are on Google Calendar or Office365, and quickly finds common free times, simplifying the time-consuming task of arranging meetings. It can even help you find an available room for your meeting. Start using Meekan today by chatting ‘connect me’ to @Meekan Scheduling in Slack.

2. Create a poll within a Slack channel

The easiest way to create a poll in Slack is by using the poll command. In a public or private channel, start with the “ -/poll” command in Slack. For example, if you wanted to find out what the favorite color of your team is you would type: /poll "What's your favorite color?" "Blue" "Red" "Green" "Yellow". The application will share the poll with the members of the channel and everyone can vote by selecting one of the choices.

3. Manage your Google Drive in Slack

Use the Google Drive app in Slack to create Google Docs, import any type of file from Google Drive, and get notifications on new comments, files, and access requests. Enable under “Apps” at the bottom of your Slack screen. You can reply directly to comments, search your Drive and create new documents directly from Slack.

 4. Make calls in Slack

With Slack Calls, you can make a voice or video call with any member of our workspace. You can start a call in a direct message or channel by clicking the phone icon at the top right of the app. You can start calls within in the mobile app by tapping the channel or direct message name to open the conversation info, then tap Start a call.

5. Bring some fun into Slack with Giphy

Giphy lets you search from the world's largest library of animated GIFs, making it easy to find and share them directly in Slack. For example, typing "/giphy cats" will display a cat GIF in your channel. The application always gives you a chance to preview what you will share.

6. Plan lunch trips with Lunch Train

Organize your next team lunch with Lunch Train. Lunch Train is a simple tool for signing up the people who want to go to the same place at a chosen time without informing or asking everyone individually. Once team members “board the train” they will get a notification when it is time to go. To start, type /lunchtrain <location> at <time>.