InsightsPOSTED April 1, 2016

Slack: Reduce email & encourage conversation

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It’s estimated that the average worker gets 121 emails per day and that’s expected to rise to 140 per day by 2018.

How much time you spend on email each day varies in estimates from just over two to just over six hours. Ask the average office worker whether he or she prefers less email, chances are the answer is yes.

My colleagues at the University of Toronto recently decided to kill all those emails and switch over to popular messaging app Slack (@SlackHQ).

The challenge of course with email is not only dealing with an email, but then also organizing email after the fact so that you don’t feel overwhelmed with countless unorganized messages.

In fact Slack’s tagline is “be less busy,” which rather means be busy on the things that will contribute to productivity rather than the administrative task of sorting through emails.

And the best part is that an account can be set up for your work teams for free by simply assigning a name (format: and inviting team members. Discussions can then be categorized by users through topics (i.e. the messages manage themselves).

For example, a recent post shared by colleague Andrew Jenkins (who initiated our UofT #digitaledu Slack account) was 10 Tips To Make You a Slack Wizard.

With mobile and desktop apps, it’s easy to stay on top of new resources shared or to contribute to a discussion without worrying about organizing the information later.

Known as the “go-to messaging app for teams,” developers continue to build more apps specifically to make Slack even more productive.

All that to say, I highly encourage you to become a Slacker too. Start today.

Diane Bégin is an account director at APEX. APEXers are exploring apps they love. What app do you love? Tell us @APEXPR.

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