Author: Kristina Proffitt
20th July 2017
Because our team at Cronofy is distributed, we use Slack everyday. It’s our main way of communicating, as it is for thousands of teams across the globe.
Slack a powerful, creative tool that offers many different ways for teams to keep in touch.
One of the ways teams can make it even more powerful is by using our Slack Calendar Connector.
It’s been a couple of years now since we launched it, but it continues to be one of our most popular.
Technology helps teams to work smarter, not harder, and connecting Slack and Cronofy is just one of the ways teams can achieve this.
Here are some of our favourite applications of the Slack Calendar Connector.
The more deadlines that we have to meet, the harder it can become to keep track of them all. The Slack Calendar Connector can be set up so that users can ask slackbot what the deadline is for a particular project. Slackbot will then respond with the details.
All the reminders
It can be easy for calendar notifications to get missed. By adding event reminders to Slack, users can get a personal notification when they have a meeting to go to or need to jump on a call.
When you’re busy or you’ve been away for a week, it can be easy to lose track of time or forget what day it is. Slack can be set up to send a reminder of recurring meetings so that important meetings aren’t forgotten whatever the team have been up to.
It can also be set up to send users reminders of one-off meetings, such as employee appraisals.
If you’ve got a lot of candidates to interview for a meeting, you can also get slackbot to inform you of who you’re meeting and when.
To find out what’s coming up tomorrow or later in the week, type /cronofy into Slack, followed by the date you want information on. Slackbot will then return information on everything in your calendar on that day.
In a large team it can be difficult to organize everyone’s shifts. When Cronofy works with Slack, it can be set up to send reports of what shifts are available in real-time, which means if anyone has to cancel last minute, the rest of the team can be notified straight away.
When you’re not feeling well the last thing you want to do is spend time chasing team members to let them know you won’t be in. When Cronofy is integrated into Slack, staff members that feel unwell can let slackbot know and have it contact the rest of the team and update the calendar.
Traveling for work can be a huge part of some people’s jobs. Make sure the frequent travelers in your company don’t forget about their travels by adding train times and other travel reminders to Slack.
Countdown to upcoming events by connecting your event calendar to Slack. That way, you can ensure everything is organized on time and get excited for the big day!
Slack can be set up to inform the rest of the team when it’s someone’s birthday. This means that everyone else in the team can send them a celebratory GIF.
Holiday greetings and reminders
Holidays can be a great marketing tool. Slack can be set up to remind staff of them (even the lesser known ones, such as Wear Pajamas to Work Day), so that they can send out a special message to the team or their social media followers.
How do you use the Slack Calendar Connector?
Do you use the Slack Calendar Connector? We’d love to hear how you use it to help your team and improve your employee experience! Tweet us @cronofy and let us know!
If you haven’t checked it out, or want to find out more about our other Calendar Connectors, head on over to our Calendar Connector page 🙂