Slack statuses are an underrated way to build remote team culture.
Limiting your team to just two work states - available or not - doesn’t explore the full potential of Slack. Fully utilizing statuses has a few benefits:
- It creates more visibility within a team
- It keep people better connected
- It helps people focus without feeling guilty
Without a status, people often are unsure of when to send a message, if they’re interrupting something important, or why someone isn’t replying. Teams like Zapier use statuses extensively, and many more remote teams are adopting specific Slack status policies.
How to set your status manually
To set your status you need to first open Slack, click on your name, and click "Update your status"
Use one of the defaults (in a meeting, out sick, vacationing, working remotely), or set your own based on your current work state.
Be creative! You can set a status based on the current work you're doing (such as writing), or more general (focusing).
Slack statuses are valuable, but setting manual statuses can be a hassle. No one wants another thing to do when they’re prepping for a meeting or a sales call.
Luckily, there are a few ways you can now automatically update your Slack status.
Zapier was the first tool to enable automatic Slack status updates through clever zaps. With Zapier, you can still do some really cool things such as:
- Set your “working hours” status based on the time of day
- Set your status with 1-click on their chrome extension
- Set a status with a tweet or SMS
Learn more here.
GCal’s new Slack integration sends you notifications for calendar events, and can automatically update your status when you’re in a meeting.
Check it out on the Slack marketplace.
Syncs with your calendar to update your status just like Google Calendar, but also, manages your “do not disturb.” Oliv.ai is free, and you can try it out at this link.
Last but not least, Holopod (we think) is the most flexible tool for updating your status.
It automatically detects your state of work (eg. on a call or doing focused work) based on the tools you’re using, and updates your status accordingly. It also syncs with your calendar.
Holopod helps teams stay focused on important work, but also helps people have more productive conversations by finding the best times to chat.
Try Holopod free here.
Why should you update your Slack status?
With all the tools out there, there's no excuse not to create more visibility within your remote team. Automatic Slack status updates are an easy way to help your team feel more connected and get better work done.
Slack statuses give you the opportunity to know who's online, who's busy, and when the best time to connect is. It helps create a feeling of community and energy - even when working remotely.