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21 Best Slack Apps For Absurdly Productive Remote Teams In 2020

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21 Best Slack Apps For Absurdly Productive Remote Teams In 2020-
Think about your favorite mobile apps.

They probably make your days easier, more organized, or maybe more fun. The best Slack apps can do the same thing for your work days. Like the mobile apps you add to your central communication device (your phone), Slack apps easily integrate into your workplace’s central communication hub (Slack).

Slack apps are third-party software programs that integrate into the Slack interface, letting you add layers of functionality to your Slack team experience. For example, a Slack app for tracking decisions will allow you to organize decisions within Slack instead of using a separate tool.

Using Slack apps and integrations comes along with a variety of benefits for your work and your collaborations.

  • Enhanced functionality. Adding Slack apps gives you the ability to turn Slack into a hub not just for communication, but also for meditating, managing projects, recognizing employees, and so much more.
  • Centralized management. Leverage added functionality right within the familiar Slack interface. You don’t have to log in, switch between, or learn how to use different interfaces.
  • Improved collaboration. Slack’s communication focus means that many of the tool’s apps and integrations are, by default, collaboration tools. For example, the wellness app Pushupbot lets you share fitness goals with co-workers and also support their goals. You could easily find a tool and do this individually, but doing it in Slack adds an extra element of team building.
  • Cost effectiveness. Many Slack apps offer free or inexpensive plans.
  • Ease of adoption. Slack apps reach teams where they already “hang out” during the work day. You don’t have to convince people to adopt new tools and technologies, and more people will be willing to give your new Slack integrations a try.
  • Improved communication. When more conversations happen within Slack, you’re less likely to see any overwhelming inbox or video call fatigue that leaves your messages unheard.

What do you want to do more of (or do better) across your organization? There’s probably a Slack app for that. Start building your Slack functionality to meet your goals by browsing the work-altering apps below.

Best Slack Apps For Remote Teams

The best Slack apps for remote teams help people bond, manage projects, organize work, and stay-up-to-date on task management and news. All the options below will enhance a specific aspect of your remote team’s day-to-day operations and interactions. If you want to see even more Slack options, then check out the official Slack app directory

Best Slack Apps For Productivity

1) Monday.com
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What does it do? The Monday.com Slack app allows you to create tasks or projects (and add real-time updates to existing tasks or projects) right within your Slack conversations.

Team members get Monday.com notifications as Slack messages, so they can stay up to date without bouncing between applications and interrupting workflows. (Plus, when you’re working within Monday.com, you can even set up notifications to go through Slack.)

All in all, this app creates seamless two-way communication that keeps everyone in the loop and working without distractions.

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Why you’ll love it: No matter which application you’re working within, you’ll always be able to send clear, instant messages through Slack.

Best for:

  • Providing project and task transparency
  • Managing fast-paced projects
  • Practicing agile project management
  • Delegating tasks

 

2) Toggl Plan
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What does it do? Project plans are living, breathing concepts that change frequently. It’s usually a hassle to make sure they can change as much as they need to while also keeping stakeholders and contributors in the loop. The Toggl Plan Slack add-on helps you let everyone know about key changes much faster than you can type an email.

Using Toggl Plan, teams get Slack notifications when someone updates their Timeline or Daily To-Do list.Toggl-Color-CodeWhy you’ll love it: It brings critical updates where everyone’s attention is: Slack. You don’t have to worry about email notifications getting lost. You can rest assured that everyone will get the updates they need.

Best for:

  • Managing projects with short deadlines
  • Delegating tasks
  • Aligning with current goals
  • Boosting productivity

 

3) Paymo
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What does it do? The Paymo Slack app layers comprehensive work management tools, including scheduling, time tracking, and invoicing, over the Slack user interface.

Working in Slack, you can use a message to create a Paymo task, set up notifications for your Paymo tasks, create channels dedicated to specific Paymo projects, and so much more.

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Why you’ll love it: It will help you keep track of what you’ve been working on. Manage Paymo tasks in Slack, and you’ll also be able to pull up detailed information about your work and productivity.

Best for:

  • Tracking time and/or productivity
  • Providing progress and task transparency
  • Managing tasks
  • Invoicing
  • Managing projects

 

Best Slack Apps For HR & Team Culture

4) Bonusly
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What does it do? The Bonusly Slack app helps co-workers dole out recognition and spread good vibes.

Use simple slash commands to give bonuses, specifying amounts and even adding custom messages and GIFs right in Slack. Create a Slack recognition channel to see what’s happening in the world of recognition. You can even use shortcuts to claim your own awards.Bonusly-Best-Slack-AppsWhy you’ll love it: It makes giving recognition second nature. As you’re typing a “thank you” or “amazing work” message in Slack, you can pivot to creating an award right on the spot.

Best for:

  • Building company culture
  • Bonding with your remote team
  • Making people smile
  • Sharing your favorite GIFs

 

5) Assembly
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What does it do? The Assembly Slack app makes it easy to celebrate anything worth celebrating—a job well done, a supportive co-worker, birthdays, anniversaries, and so much more.

While using Slack, teammates can type a simple keyword command to pull up a recognition form they can customize and deliver right in Slack. You can even set up Slack to send automated messages for anniversaries and other milestones.

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Why you’ll love it: You’ll be searching for that high five emoji when you suddenly realize you can give more formal, more awesome recognition in seconds thanks to your handy integration.

Best for:

  • Recognizing your peers
  • Improving collaboration
  • Bonding with your co-workers
  • Celebrating birthdays
  • Building strong teams
  • Engaging employees

 

6) Evergreen

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What does it do? The Evergreen Slack app empowers teams to give recognition that has benefits that spread beyond the office.

Evergreen will plant a tree for every seed of recognition given on your behalf. (They’ll also track your carbon offset and showcase stats so you can see how much recognition and trees your team has nurtured.)

From the Slack interface, simply use a shortcut or keyboard command to give recognition in seconds. You can even create a separate Slack channel that showcases all the latest recognition buzz across your team.

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Why you’ll love it: Recognizing people for their hard work feels great. Knowing that you’re also helping plant trees while making teammates happy feels absolutely blissful.

Best for:

  • Recognizing peers
  • Spreading good vibes
  • Improving environmental awareness
  • Bonding with co-workers
  • Building strong teams

 

Best Slack Apps For Project Management

7) Hive

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What does it do? The Hive Slack app helps you keep your work as organized as your closet…or whatever it is you love keeping organized.

You could be checking out a kanban board in Hive when you notice a small correction everyone needs to know about. Use Hive as your launching pad to jump right to the correct Slack channel. You can even click and drag an action from Hive and drop it in Slack without re-typing any details.

If you’re in a Slack chat with a co-worker in Slack and identify a new action, then you can use a simple keyword command to create that action in Hive.

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Why you’ll love it: Living up to the intuitiveness you expect from productivity apps, Hive allows you to use the drag and drop action feature instead of retyping messages or emails could shave hours of busy work off your weekly schedule.

Best for:

  • Managing projects
  • Organizing and delegating tasks
  • Streamlining communication
  • Enhancing productivity

 

8) Workstreams

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What does it do? The Workstream Slack app brings your favorite project management tools—kanban boards, agile analytics, and task templates—into your Slack environment so you can stay on top of work and also communicate in one place.

View your kanban board as you communicate. Use text commands in Slack to create and assign tasks and manage due dates. If someone reminds you of a meeting follow-up via Slack message, then you can easily turn that message into a task. You can even pull up a complete list of tasks in your channel.

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Why you’ll love it: You’ll love combining handy work visualization tools with communication tools. It’s remarkably easy to keep everyone in the loop without even a little confusion.

Best for:

  • Managing projects
  • Organizing and delegating tasks
  • Improving focus
  • Enhancing collaboration
  • Working across time zones

 

9) Teamline

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What does it do? The Teamline Slack app focuses on the most important aspect of business continuity: teams.

Instead of relying on external project management tools, Teamline helps you turn conversations into actionable items. It makes it easy for teams to track tasks and get a big-picture view of overall progress.

From Slack, you can easily convert a message into a task and also assign a deadline. Use text commands or even the lightning bolt reaction emoji to create completely new tasks.

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Why you’ll love it: It makes managing tasks like a project manager easy for even non-project managers.

Best for:

  • Managing projects as beginners
  • Organizing and delegating tasks
  • Improving collaboration
  • Streamlining communication

 

Best Slack Apps For Free

10) Cloverpop

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What does it do? The Cloverpop Slack app works like your dedicated decision assistant, helping you make, track, and also recall key decisions.

As you’re communicating in Slack, simply navigate to the Cloverpop app and then create a simple poll to see how your teammates feel about a decision. You can also request approvals and even search for past decisions to refresh your working knowledge after a break or vacation.

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Why you’ll love it: This app essentially helps you create a decision knowledge base, giving you a fully transparent and searchable record—a practical Google just for your key decisions.

Best for:

  • Improving collaboration
  • Making and tracking decisions
  • Providing project and task transparency
  • Streamlining communication
  • Maintaining business continuity

 

11) Mindmup

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What does it do? The Mindmup Slack app allows you to map your mind—your thoughts and your ideas. You can also share your map to get more understanding and buy-in on your ideas and proposals.

Simply create your mind map in Mindmup and then copy the url and paste it into a Slack channel. Your collaborators will see everything they need to grasp your point.

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Why you’ll love it: Ideas, especially complex ones, can be hard to articulate. Mindmup’s mind maps will help you clearly convey key points about your best plans and concepts.

Best for:

  • Brainstorming
  • Enhancing productivity
  • Developing products or campaigns
  • Improving collaboration

 

12) Loom
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What does it do? The Loom Slack app helps you explain things—really explain things via explainer videos expertly narrated by you.

Simply create your video in Loom, and when it’s ready, send a direct message or a channel announcement to share your knowledge.

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Why you’ll love it: You may think you’ve been explaining things clearly, but creating and narrating your own explainer videos will take your level of clarity to new levels. (These videos work even better than captained screenshots!)

Best for:

  • Improving communication
  • Training new and existing employees
  • Increasing productivity

 

Best Slack Apps For Managers

13) Tettra Wiki

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What does it do? The Tettra Wiki Slack app operates like a shared brain for your team, absorbing and processing knowledge and displaying it for the benefit of all.

Your entire team can easily build your knowledge base using Tettra’s simple Slack editor. When you (or anyone else), has a question or wants to see how things have been done in the past, they can use Tettra to find existing posts about their query. As employees switch jobs or go on vacations, their posted knowledge lives on and no one has to start any process from scratch.

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Why you’ll love it: The next time you need to figure out how to do something, you can simply search Tettra to find your answer instead of scouring your emails or a complex network of files.

Best for:

  • Managing processes
  • Training and onboarding
  • Sharing knowledge
  • Maintaining business continuity

 

14) Range

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What does it do? The Range Slack app lets you run ongoing status updates with far fewer meetings.

When you and your team log in to Slack, you’ll get handy reminders to check in. Then you simply fill in the check-in field with your daily plan, details about what has already happened, and even questions you’d like your teammates to consider. Your entire team can browse already published check-ins to find out exactly what’s going on without a single Zoom standup meeting.

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Why you’ll love it: Meetings take up lots of time outside the actual meeting. You have to schedule the meetings, create agendas, and make follow-ups. With the Range Slack app, you can easily find out what’s going on without any tedious planning on your part.

Best for:

  • Enhancing company culture
  • Managing small teams
  • Optimizing productivity
  • Improving collaboration

 

15) Slido

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What does it do? The Slido Slack app helps you collect and keep track of your team’s questions and ideas, giving you a worry-free way to make sure your whole team has a voice.

When working in Slack, you can use Slido keyboard commands to create a meeting. Everyone else sees the meeting in their feed and can use the button below to ask a question or view questions others have submitted.

You can also use Slido to take and answer questions in dedicated channels, such as an executive leadership or human resources channel. Inviting employees to ask questions creates an “open door” policy more effective than a literal open door. Employees can ask questions from any location and even ask them anonymously.

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Why you’ll love it: Slido will help you run masterful meetings. Thanks to the questions you collected, your meeting can cover exactly what everyone is interested in—no guesswork required.

Best for:

  • Running meetings
  • Managing teams of all sizes
  • Improving team collaboration
  • Enhancing company culture
  • Increasing transparency

 

Best Slack Apps For Fun

16) Birthday Bot

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What does it do? The Birthday Bot Slack app will turn you into that amazing, caring person who never forgets an office birthday or anniversary.

Just add Birthday Bot to a channel in Slack, and it will interact with your teammates and create a master list of birthdays. (You don’t have to input anything!) Configure the type of reminders you want to receive, and the Slack bot will send you direct messages when someone’s big day is coming up.

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Why you’ll love it: You’ll love knowing exactly when birthdays are coming. You won’t miss those panicked moments of searching through your calendar, trying to figure out if you missed someone’s special day.

Best for:

  • Remembering birthdays and important dates
  • Bonding with teammates
  • Building office camaraderie
  • Enhancing company culture

 

17) Meme Bot

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What does it do? The Slack Meme Bot app allows users to create their very own memes within Slack.

Simply use Slack keyboard commands to tell Meme Bot the image you want to use and the text you want to overlay. Meme Bot makes your ready-to-share meme instantly.

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Why you’ll love it: You won’t have to waste time finding a meme with the right image and text combination to get your point across. (If you’ve ever spent way too long doing image searches to find the perfect meme, only to discover that it doesn’t properly display, then you understand the true value of this app.)

Best for:

  • Improving collaboration
  • Bonding with your co-workers
  • Laughing with your manager and your team
  • Spreading joy

 

18) Disco

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What does it do? The Disco app turns Slack into a landscape for reinforcing values and recognizing your team’s contributions.

Use relevant Slack channels to recognize team wins as they happen and also make great work visible across the company. Plus, all your recognition feeds into a kudos channel where anyone can see all the recognition happening across all your channels.

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Why you’ll love it: You’ll love seeing other people in your channel ditto and add onto your recognition. Most of all, you’ll love seeing how all this recognition gives employee happiness a major boost.

Best for:

  • Enhancing company culture
  • Managing small teams
  • Optimizing productivity
  • Improving collaboration

 

Best Slack Apps For Health & Wellness

19) Meditation.live

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What does it do? The Meditation.live Slack app enhances your remote work days with feel-good zen vibes.

Through a Slack channel, the Meditation.live app will send your team daily inspirational quotes and links to mindfulness meditations.

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Why you’ll love it: It makes doing a little something with big benefits as easy as possible. You don’t have to search for meditations; the app sends them directly to you in Slack.

Best for:

  • Enhancing productivity
  • Improving wellness
  • Reducing stress
  • Bonding with your co-workers

 

20) Gratitudely

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What does it do? The Gratitudely Slack app makes gratitude a daily habit for you and your team.

Simply use a dedicated “gratitude wall” Slack channel to post gratitude, even just one sentence. The Gratitudely app then finds the perfect image to pair with the gratitude and create an image with overlaid text so the wall looks both grateful and beautiful.

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Why you’ll love it: Your gratitude wall will become a virtual happy place that never fails to make you smile. Whether you’re reading what makes others grateful or posting your own gratitude, the end result feels joyful and enriching.

Best for:

  • Reducing stress
  • Improving wellness
  • Bonding with co-workers
  • Enhancing company culture

 

21) Pushupbot

Pushupbot-LogoWhat does it do? The Slack Pushupbot acts like your team’s personal fitness coach, encouraging and reminding you to stay active.

The Pushupbot works within a dedicated Slack channel. It will remind you to get active and also help you track your own goals, activities, and progress. For example, if you post an activity, the chatbot will follow up with a private message to get more details about your activity. It’s motivating and helpful tracking you can enjoy without leaving Slack.

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Why you’ll love it: Reminding yourself to get out and move around doesn’t always work. Pushupbot adds a motivating, personal trainer-esque urgency to fitness reminders.

Best for:

  • Improving wellness
  • Supporting and bonding with co-workers
  • Tracking fitness goals

 

People Also Ask These Questions About The Best Slack Apps

Q: What are Slack apps?

  • A: Slack apps are usually third-party software programs that integrate into the Slack interface, letting you add layers of capabilities and functionality to your Slack experience. For example, a Slack app for polling will allow you to launch and field polls within Slack instead of using a separate tool.

Q: Why are Slack apps important for remote teams?

  • A: Slack apps are important for remote teams because they add more functionality to Slack—the communication hub that often serves as a de facto office for distributed teams. Using Slack apps, such as the ones featured here, remote workers can create mind maps, narrate explainer videos, track decisions, and more.

Q: What are the benefits of using Slack apps?

  • A: The benefits of using Slack apps include centralizing management, finding cost effectiveness, and countering inbox fatigue. This post features a variety of Slack apps that benefit your work by providing everything from invoicing tools to resources for employee recognition.

Q: What are the best Slack apps for remote teams?

  • A: The best Slack apps for remote teams include Monday.com, Toggl Plan, and Paymo. This article lists the best Slack apps for remote teams and outlines what they do best.

Q: What makes a good Slack app?

  • A: A good Slack app makes work better. Good Slack apps bolster process management, enhance team communication, organize tasks, and bring teams closer together.

Q: Where can I find the best Slack apps to install?

  • A: You can find the best Slack apps to install in this roundup of Slack apps. The apps in this list can enhance productivity, reduce stress, automate collaboration, and more.

Q: Are there free Slack apps?

  • A: There are free Slack apps you can install, including Cloverpop, an app for tracking decisions. Decide exactly what Slack apps are best for your work by reviewing the options here.

Q: How do I manage apps in Slack?

  • A: To manage apps in Slack, simply log in to your workspace, navigate to the menu, select Administration, and then select Manage apps. From there, Slack’s intuitive Manage apps section makes it easy to configure all your integrations.

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