In previous blogs, we’ve touched on the idea of deep work. Deep work is when you go “offline” for long periods to focus on getting through your task list or just focus on a single task that will take a long time to complete. Needing periods of deep work is quite common among people in creative industries as they cannot multi-task. The idea of deep work should remind us that while our chat and collaboration tools are a delivery mechanism for our work – we must still do the work.
Communication Apps are Beneficial – if Used Properly
Some companies have added team chat tools like Slack and Microsoft Teams in the past few years because they felt that email lacked the seamless communication tools needed. However, the problem with most email solutions is they lack a chat-like interface with productivity tools built into them. Spike combines the best of a team chat app and email with powerful features and simple design to help teams be more responsive by including productivity tools.
Because Spike is built for teams, we talk to many businesses about their collaboration and communication problems. We continually hear that adding tools like Slack and Teams didn’t fix their communication problems, but it worsened. When companies are just “traditional” email, they feel disconnected from each other – particularly when they’re in a distributed environment. When they add in a team chat tool – they don’t feel disconnected, but then it’s chat overload.
If you aren’t familiar with chat overload, then imagine that you’re trying to do your work in the break room at your work headquarters. That’s what most team chat apps feel like for employees. Not only do they have to monitor their email inbox, but now they have the opportunity to receive direct messages and be tagged in public chat channels.
There’s a big difference between sending someone an email vs. sending a direct message. When you receive a direct message, you feel this urgency to get right back to them. With email, you know that it’s asynchronous, so you can take your time responding to the message.
We’ve learned from helping teams level up their collaboration and communication strategies that understanding the time for synchronous work is the exception to the rule. Instead, the majority of your work should be in an asynchronous model. Chatting with coworkers – regardless if it’s on a legacy email app, Spike, or an app like Slack – is simply the delivery mechanism for your work.
A Digital Workspace for All Types of Work
We built Spike as a solution to the noisy digital workspace. Traditional team chat apps are designed to grab your attention and make it easy to get people’s attention. Of course, there are times when you need to get people’s attention, but it should be the exception. Spike lets you take control of your time and attention.
Are you in a noisy email thread that’s derailing your productivity? Snooze it so you can go head’s down into a Spike Note working on a new proposal without being interrupted. If you need to send someone a message, but you know they’re in the middle of a big project, use Spike’s Send Later feature and schedule that email to hit their Inbox at a more convenient time – so you cross it off your to-do list, but not interrupt them.
We continue to innovate with Spike because we know that teams struggle to adapt to the ever-changing work environments. New problems require new tools, and Spike is the tool that gives you a digital workspace to chat, collaborate, and get your work done where most tools just want to be your chat app and therefore turn in a huge time waster. If you’re ready to take back your focus and get to work, try Spike for free.