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A Slack vice president shares the 23 most useful apps his team uses daily to boost productivity


Brian Elliott

Brian Elliott is vice president at Slack where he manages the overall growth of Slack’s platform.
While working from home during the pandemic, there are many helpful app extensions that you can integrate into Slack for increased productivity and communication, Elliott says.
You can launch Zoom or Microsoft Teams calls directly from Slack, or use apps like Donut to catch up with colleagues via random virtual coffee meetings.
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My office is now a table at the back of my house, although there’s nothing unusual about that today. Many of us are working physically separate from one another, but are still looking for ways to work together, whether that’s tapping someone on the shoulder or grabbing a casual coffee with your coworker.

No matter where you’re working from, the current situation has provided a unique opportunity for easy-to-use tools to demonstrate their worth in helping us connect with our coworkers and stay productive while working remotely. We’re seeing that everyday at Slack, which has experienced a huge surge in adoption in recent months.

Today, Slack has over 2,000 apps in our App Directory, including favorites like apps that integrate Office 365, Google Drive, and Zoom. In fact, in March alone, Slack users nearly tripled the rate at which they integrate their tools in Slack.



But what apps should you integrate first? And why integrate them at all? Below are some of the most useful apps to solve common pain points around file-sharing, video and voice calls, and culture and people management. Read on to learn more on how to use apps to become a Slack power user.

1. Use apps for video and voice calls

All-hands meetings are being done over video conferencing and even quick chats are being initiated over video. When conversations get complex, apps make it easy to move from Slack into a video or voice call.

In March, we saw almost 350% growth in calls from Slack, both native Slack calls and the use of apps like Zoom and Cisco Webex Meetings. You can get notifications of upcoming meetings through your integrated Outlook or Google Calendar apps or a co-worker can quickly share a link through Slack channels, so others can join the call on the fly.

But sometimes you just want to call a phone number, so Slack added new functionality: Users can now make calls to phone numbers from Slack using Zoom Phone, Cisco Jabber, RingCentral, Dialpad and more. We also introduced the Microsoft Teams Calls app. With the new app, users can launch a Teams video or voice call right from Slack.

Since working 100% remote, I’ve been trying my best to avoid video conference fatigue. New research shows that continuously staring at faces up close, like in back-to-back meetings, can be mentally draining. Recently, I’ve experimented adding ‘asynchronous’ video tool Loom into the mix. With Loom’s Slack integration, I’ve found it helpful to narrate short screen captures and video …read more

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