Slack for human resources

For a company to do its best work, it needs an HR team equipped to do theirs. Keep reading to learn some ways HR teams can use Slack to support employees. 

Why use Slack for HR?

  • Streamline onboarding and create a resource destination for all employees.
  • Increase transparency with public discussions whenever possible.
  • Foster company culture with social channels and visible recognition.

 

Streamline new hire onboarding 

Create a #new-hires channel with all the information new employees need. This creates a safe place for new hires to ask questions, explore, and get up to speed. Pin messages and files that detail your company mission and policies. Invite company leaders and other helpful contacts to join and welcome employees. 

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Try creating a unique channel for each new cohort of employees (e.g. #newhires-oct16). Here you can set reminders for new hires to submit documents and register for benefits. Keep these channels private to provide a sense of community for each group. 

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Create a resource destination 

Keeping everyone informed of important policies and updates is no easy feat. You might have a mix of full timers, contractors, and folks in different countries. Create separate #benefits channels so employees can find their relevant HR info. 

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Use posts to create HR and benefits FAQs and pin them to their related channel. This sends a message of transparency to your team, and enables them to answer their own questions. When you update your FAQs, notify employees by commenting on the post or making an announcement.

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Increase transparency

If employees can’t find what they need in Slack, encourage them to ask in public channels. Unless a topic is sensitive, answering questions in public channels helps everyone learn, saves time, and makes info searchable!

Use the channel purpose to set expectations for the channel. Describe the info they can find and give an estimated response time for questions.

 

Recognize good (team)work

Create a #kudos channel for employees to shout out all kinds of victories. Public recognition goes a long way in helping employees feel valued and engaged. 👏

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Install a third-party app like Growbot to send and measure kudos over time. This may come in handy when it's time for performance reviews.

 

Foster team culture 

Create a #culture channel for discussing your company’s culture over time. This serves as a safe space to discuss team values, ask questions, and share ideas to improve morale. You can also try a third-party app like Leo to routinely measure employee satisfaction, rather than collecting feedback a couple times a year.

Encourage employees to create and join affinity channels to connect with coworkers outside their immediate team. These groups should be open to everyone — #foodies, #surfing, #music, you name it!

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Slack apps for HR 

Hired

Connect Slack with Hired for easy management of your hiring process. Push activity to the Slack channel of your choice, so you can get hiring updates and discuss all in one place. 

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Bonusly

With Bonusly, members recognize peers' work with bonuses they can redeem from a customized reward catalog.

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💡  Explore other apps for HR in our App Directory.

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