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.
However, updating your status is tedious. 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.
Clockwise automatically finds time in a day when you and are teammate are both available, so you can be more efficient with your meetings. It also updates your status based on your calendar. Try it at getclockwise.com.
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.
Besides status updates, Holopod allows users to queue up messages to be delivered at convenient times (no more interruptions!), and also get notified when someone is available to chat.
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.