15 Communication Alternatives To Using Slack (Plus Tips)

By Indeed Editorial Team

Published July 26, 2022

Having a centralized communication platform to discuss ideas, hold virtual meetings and send messages can be helpful in creating a cohesive, successful workplace team. Many companies and organizations use the communication and collaboration platform Slack, but you may be interested in alternative options that provide additional functionality. If you're looking to use a communication platform other than Slack, it can be helpful to review other options that may be available to you.

In this article, we explore 15 different alternatives to Slack's messaging platform and review tips for choosing the best one for your workplace needs.

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15 Slack alternatives to communicate in the workplace

Here are overviews of 15 different platforms that you and your team can use to communicate in the workplace:

1. Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is a business communication platform that's part of the company's 365 products. The application allows registered users to message each other and hold audio and video calls with teammates. There's both a free and paid version of this application. The free version allows digital messaging, search functions, audio and video calling for up to one hour at a time.

Workplaces that already utilize other Microsoft programs may be most ideal for using Teams because it allows easy integration with the company's other programs and applications.

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2. Zulip

Zulip is open-source software that allows digital instant messaging between coworkers. In order to use Zulip, all teammates download the Zulip server, create an account and join whichever specific server channels on which they'd like to communicate with each other. There are free and paid versions of Zulip that your team can use, and the free version allows digital messaging, a search function, file storage and guest accounts, among other features.

3. Facebook Workplace Groups

Facebook Workplace Groups is a communication platform your team can use to communicate via Facebook. While you do need an account with the social media platform, you don't need to be friends with your coworkers on the platform to be in a Workplace group. The group creator simply needs to create a typical Messenger group message and deem it a "Work" group type, and the platform is ready to facilitate a professional communication channel. The application is free to use.

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4. Fleep

Fleep is a messaging platform that allows coworkers to digitally message each other and manage tasks together. The app allows people with Fleep accounts to message each other in one-on-one conversations, share files with each other and utilize a calendar to track and manage collaborative tasks. You can hold as many one-on-one conversations with different people as you'd like for free. You can also create group conversations so all teammates and coworkers can interact within a larger messaging channel by utilizing a Fleep Business account, which has a cost associated with it.

5. RingCentral Glip

RingCentral Glip is an instant messaging and meeting application for workplaces and individuals to use. You can download this app, create an account and connect with teammates through collaborative and one-on-one instant messaging. You can also use RingCentral Glip to hold video and audio calls with colleagues. The application is free to use and offers unlimited video and audio calling and messaging for all users.

6. Hive

Hive is a project management and communication tool that allows you to write and track your work. Through hive, you and your team can share files, accomplish tasks, track activity and discuss and brainstorm ideas together. You can use the platform by downloading it, creating an account and connecting with your team.

Hive is free to use individually but offers plans for teams and large groups to work together for associated costs.

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7. Chanty

Chanty is a communication software that allows your team to collaborate and discuss ideas online instantly. You can hold video calls, chat one-on-one with coworkers, share files, create and manage tasks and schedule activities online with Chanty. Chanty is free to use and offers limited functionalities for its users under its free plans. You can purchase a more advanced plan for additional functionalities so more team members can use the software.

8. Bitrix24

Bitrix24 is a messaging and project management platform that facilitates centralized communication and task management. You can use this platform to message coworkers, hold audio and video calls, hold polls, create tasks and activities and manage calendars. This application is free to use but has a paid version your workplace may use if it needs additional features and functionalities to succeed.

9. Troop Messenger

Troop Messenger is a professional messaging app that allows coworkers to chat online instantly. With Troop Messenger, you can chat with coworkers one-on-one or in a group, hold audio and video calls, share files with each other and share your screen on calls. You can use Troop Messenger for free with limited functionality or purchase different plans to access advanced tools for your team.

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10. Missive

Missive is a digital messaging and task management app that your workplace can use as a centralized communication and planning platform. The application integrates your email account into its platform so you can receive your work emails on it. It also has an instant messaging feature on it so you can easily chat with coworkers and provides task and activity management tools to organize your team. Missive has a free version that your team can use for simple functionality and a paid version that offers more extensive features and functionalities.

11. Jandi

Jandi is a messaging platform that allows teammates and coworkers to discuss ideas and chat online. This application allows group messaging, file sharing, video conferencing, file commenting and other features for its users. You can use Jandi by downloading the app, creating an account and connecting with coworkers and joining group conversations.

Jandi is free to use but offers upgraded, more advanced plans for those wanting to have more file storage within the app and advanced functionalities.

12. Twist

Twist is an instant messaging app that you can use in the workplace. You can communicate with teammates one-on-one and in teams via the platform and join different channels with others who have shared projects or tasks. You can use Twist for free or purchase an advanced plan for added features, such as extended message search and other functionalities.

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13. Flock

Flock is an instant digital messaging and task management platform for businesses. You can use this application to communicate with teammates by downloading it, creating an account and connecting with your coworkers. You can also share documents with other users, hold video calls and integrate other apps with Flock so you can have access to all your work in once place.

You can use Flock for free and access most functions, but there are paid versions of the app that allow you to have increased user control and access to additional features.

14. Monday.com

Monday.com is a work management platform that allows teammates to communicate with each other for all their project needs. A cloud-based platform, Monday.com is primarily a project management application that you can use in the workplace to discuss ideas, instantly message each other, manage projects, review tasks and track schedules. You can also use this application alongside other apps through its integration and embedding features so you can access all your work on a centralized platform.

Monday.com is free to use for up to two people to instant message other and track tasks, and there are several paid plans for larger workplaces.

15. Zoom

Zoom is a teleconferencing and messaging platform that many workplaces use to communicate digitally. You can use this application to hold virtual video conferences either with one coworkers or multiple coworkers and use chat features to discuss ideas. Zoom allows file and screen sharing capabilities as well. You can use Zoom's features for free for a limited amount of time, and there are business plans with costs associated that your workplace can utilize as well.

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Tips for choosing a communication platform

Here are some tips you can consider to choose a platform that works best for your business needs:

  • Consider your needs: Before choosing a communication platform, it can be helpful to consider what exactly you're hoping to achieve by using it and what types of features and functionalities you want. For instance, if your workplace could benefit from using video conferencing, you may choose a platform that allows this.

  • Do your research: Conducting research on each individual communication platform can help you choose the one that's best for your workplace. Understanding what each platform offers and how well they work can ensure your team can succeed.

  • Consider using more than one: It may be beneficial to utilize more than one type of communication platform. For instance, if you have multiple different teams that work on completely different materials, you may benefit most from utilizing different communication platforms depending on what works best for the team.

Please note that none of the organizations mentioned in this article are affiliated with Indeed.

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