Slack – What does it offer?
Most of you people out there, working in big or small companies, probably had a chance to get familiar with Slack. Slack is an operating system designed for teams – it helps in work organization by allowing users to efficiently communicate and find all the information necessary for their work. It has a very nice-to-the-eye and self-explanatory interface, so using it is simple, pleasant, and it boosts our productivity.
According to recent statistics, Slack has 3 million daily active users and there are 60.000 teams on it. The average amount of time that a user spends “active” on a weekday is 320 minutes! It’s being used by all kinds of teams, from those that have only 2 members, to those corporations that are a part of Fortune 100 (77% of them use Slack!)
Why is it so popular? Slack has been a breakthrough on the market of team collaboration software. Companies that signed up with it practically stopped using email to communicate. It’s been replaced by direct messaging between team members, or group chats on channels. The drag & drop method of sharing files also was a great convenience. What is more, it also has a voice calls feature.
It is a cloud-based app with clients available for MacOS, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android, and Windows Mobile. Team admins have a total control over channels, invitations and apps integrations. And integrations are one of the biggest strengths of Slack – the more apps we link to it, the better is the performance. There are dozens of apps that can be integrated with Slack, including such giants as Google Drive, Dropbox, Asana, or Twitter. We are going to focus on integration with TimeCamp – our time tracking software.
TimeCamp and Slack integration – the possibilities.
For a few months now it is possible to integrate Slack with TimeCamp. When they are linked, it becomes possible to track the time spent on channels and analyze it to boost the team’s performance and efficiency. The TimeCamp timer can be added to Slack channels, and all of them are automatically imported so there is no need to worry about the data loss.
The integration process is very simple and can be done in six quick steps:
To start the integration login to your TimeCamp account go to theSettings (1). Navigate to the Addons bookmark (2).
Find Slack on the list of available add-ons and click on “Enable” button.
Click on the “Add to Slack” button.
You’ll be redirected to Slack page and asked to grant TimeCamp authorization to access data from your account.
To continue, click on the green “Authorize” button (2).
You’ll be redirected back to TimeCamp. All your channels will automatically be imported as tasks for you to track time on.
You can track time directly in Slack. Here is a photo of available comments:
To see details about commands, you can always type “/timecamp help” on any channel.
For commands to synchronize properly, make sure you’re using the same email address in both TimeCamp and Slack.
Slack is definitely one of the greatest team collaboration tools available. However, it may lack some features that a company needs. When connected with other project management/time tracking software, it becomes unstoppable! So, do not hesitate, enhance your Slack with TimeCamp and boost your and your team’s productivity!