As many teams continue with remote work, leaders are looking for new ways to ramp up office communication and team morale. We suggest adding some fun Slack apps.
Slack has become an important productivity tool for many remote teams. But, Slack can be more than just common communication and charts. It can be a source of fun team-building engagement if you have the right Slack apps. We’ve previously reviewed the Ten Best Slack Apps for Your Team and shown you Slack for Project Management and Slack for Reminders and now we’re reviewing seven fun and engaging Slack apps to keep your remote team engaged. These are some of the best ways to make Slack fun.
1. Trivia By Springworks
Trivia is one way to bring the social aspect back to your social-distancing workspace.
Trivia is a team-building tool that hosts interactive quizzes. Reviews on their website rave how hilarity ensues among teams when played – a must for breaking the monotonous daily routine. If working from home has your coworkers feeling down, try some Trivia. It’s a fun Slack bot everyone needs.
- Over 30 categories and 1000s of quizzes available
- Leaderboards are posted after every quiz
- Custom quizzes coming soon
Work conversations over messaging can be quick but impersonal. Transform and brighten any conversation with crowd-pleasing GIFs.
Giphy uses GIFs to inject some personality into otherwise routine communication. If a picture says a 1,000 words then a GIF can speak volumes. Just don’t ask us about how to pronounce “gif.” That’s a debate for another day.
- Easy to install into your workspace and use – type the command “/giphy + term” to quickly add a GIF
- Library of hundreds of animated GIFs
While working remote it’s hard to establish time to take a break to connect with your team. Little games such as the classic, tic-tac-toe, will give your team a much deserved break and promote team bonding.
Once installed, Tic-Tac-Toe lets you challenge a teammate to a friendly game of tic-tac-toe. Just type the command “/ttt @mention” and the game will pop-up in your chat. You can also play secret games in direct message channels with /ttt. This might be one of the most fun Slack bots available. It’s light, quick, and easy to use for a fun brain break.
Made by the same engineers of the chat pop-up game Tic-Tac-Toe for Slack, Rock-Paper-Scissors is available for some friendly competition.
Challenge a teammate to a game of Rock-Paper-Scissors with the command “/rps @mention”, you and your teammate will receive a pop-up in the chat and you’re ready to play!
Still looking to spice up your Slack convos and want to go beyond GIFs? How about posting replies to messages as fan favorite characters!
Slacker adds some pizzazz to conversations by letting you post as your favorite characters such as Darth Vader, Elsa, James Bond, Beyonce and many more. Because who wouldn’t want Darth Vader to respond to your coworker when questioned if you sent out the marketing email yet again?
Putting a face to the name can be quite the challenge nowadays as teams are forced to work separately from one another and interact with employees they’ve never met in person. But with Plop, you can make sure you get to know coworkers even when far apart.
Plop is a game that quizzes you to see if you can recognize coworkers based on their profile picture.
Working remotely can create lots of communication challenges and it can make it difficult to understand just how your team is doing. However, GameMonk works to gauge morale and preferences.
GameMonk is a great Slack bot to give your team either a quick break or much-needed feedback. Polls and anonymous surveys help with understanding how your company is feeling and the provided 90-second games will boost interaction with GIF guessing games, trivia, and way more.
How it works:
- Add @gamemonk to your slack
- Add @gamemonk to a channel (like #random)
- In the channel, @gamemonk: play
- @gamemonk: play trivia
- @gamemonk: play categories (protip: try saying ‘hint’ during a game!)
- @gamemonk: play giphy
As teams continue with remote work, it’s important to keep communication working and morale high. Using these bots and applications for Slack will assist in building team culture, communication, team bonding, and ultimately boost morale. It’s important that as your business grows that your team does as well — adding some fun into the mix will go a long way.
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