10+ Slack Groups Every CEO, Founder, and HR Professional Must Join
Slack is a real-time messaging app that is getting increasingly popular, especially in the tech industry.
Companies use Slack as their main tool for communication between workers — effectively ruling out long, boring emails that seem to take forever to get to your mailbox.
What are Slack Communities
Slack Communities are like Facebook Groups. They enable you to connect with like-minded people, discuss topics of interests, get feedback about your ideas, and many more.
Below are some reasons why you must join a Slack Community:
1. Make connections and build relationships
In business, networking is important. Slack groups are the best place to find connections within your industry. And since it’s a real-time chat platform, it provides you with ample opportunities to turn virtual acquaintances into long term collaborations, and maybe partnerships.
2. Slack groups are very engaging
Slack drives high engagement. Largely thanks to it being a real-time chat application. Compared to other social media groups, there’s a community spirit on Slack. This type of camaraderie is hard to achieve when there’s a lag between posting content and getting a reply.
3. There are no distractions
On Slack, you can focus on your conversations — 100%. There are no ads popping up. No albums of vacations being shared. No gazillions of things to click on. Once you logged in, you are in an environment where your only focus are the conversations and the people chatting with you.
4. The conversations are searchable
One of my favourite features in Slack is the ability to easily search past conversations. No more scrolling down just to find that ONE link a colleague shared three months ago. Just simply search using words you remember and voila, you’ll find what you’re looking for immediately!
5. File sharing is easy
You can drag and drop almost anything into Slack — images, pdf, audio files, etc. If you don’t feel like opening one up right away, you can just star them for later. Slack also allows you to comment on files — making collaboration a step easier than other groups.
6. Chat one-on-one with members
If you are using Facebook, direct messaging a member pulls you out of the group — creating yet another distraction. With Slack, messaging a member is just a click away from the main chat. And with zero distractions, you can immediately focus on the conversation at hand.
Slack Community for HR and CEOs
Are you ready to join a Slack Community? Just a heads up, there are thousands of them out there! We’ve handpicked 10 of them below:
#PeoplePeople is a slack community built for recruiters, HR professionals, and talent people. In this rapidly changing work environment, #PeoplePeople serves as a global community that provides inspiration and the latest information concerning HR.
Who can join?
#PeoplePeople is for anyone in the HR, talent management, and recruiting industry. If you spend a good portion of your day hiring people (on behalf of others or for yourself), then this group is for you. If you are at the forefront of building a culture in your organization, you are very much welcome too.
In #PeoplePeople, your inputs, ideas, and opinions about the world of work are welcomed and appreciated. So, what are you waiting for?
A community based on Slack, #People was created for HR professionals, managers, people interested in organizational psychology, and those who want to build better companies. This Slack community is a good source of inspiration, feedback, and advice. Learn from the leaders and rebels of many industries.
#People also feature events, Questions and Answers, and AMAs to help you get involved. It’s a very supportive community where you can build skills, gain experience, test your ideas on others, and build networks.
#People is a curated community. Each new application is screened thoroughly before being invited to the group for an exclusive, lifetime membership. So, you rest assured that there are no spammers, sales pitches, or other forms of shenanigans in the group.
#RecruitingInnovators is a Slack community for sourcers, recruiting professionals, hiring leaders, recruiting strategists, recruiting technology leaders, recruiting leaders, and HR professionals. Inside the community, you can find gigs, learn about upcoming products, network, and build relationships.
#RecruitingInnovators is also a great place for brainstorming on recruiting innovation and discussing HR trends, challenges, technology, etc.
What’s a People Geek? According to their website, a People Geek is:
“Someone who is dedicated to enabling people and passionate about the power of employee feedback.”
Members of Culture Amp started popularizing the term in 2012 until it became an integral part of their company culture.
The PeopleGeeks Slack group is for HR professionals, recruitment professionals, and even CEOs. It’s a community of people with similar values and ideas. Aside from being an online community, PeopleGeeks sponsor meetups around the country so members can meet, network, and share ideas with each other.
From the latest buzz in people analytics, employee management, and diversity and inclusion to data-focused conversations, interviews with industry leaders, book launches, and more — there’s a PeopleGeeks event for everyone!
5. Startup Chat
Startup Chat or #startup is the ultimate Slack channel for CEOs. The community has over 7000 members worldwide. Startup Chat was founded by the Startup Foundation, a non-profit organization created to help founders thrive in the challenging world of business.
This global startup community offers curated content and the best tools to help you run your business. But more importantly, it’s a community of people “who gets it.”. By joining Startup Chat you surround yourself with peers that speak your language. It’s a great way to connect wherever you are in the world.
Are you a female CEO that’s looking for an all-female community that speaks your language? #FemaleFounders is the first women-only founders’ community on Slack. Many industries, especially tech, are largely dominated by males — making a #FemaleFounders a welcoming sight.
“I strongly believe that one of the key factors leading to success in business is surrounding yourself with talented and remarkable people. #femalefounders wants to be a unique place to share your ideas, problems, or anxieties (why not?) with other startup founders. Running a tech company can be a lonely experience, with a bunch of bad moments to deal with.
I believe in the power of communities to help entrepreneurs grow and learn from each other. This is why I created #femalefounders, the first women-only community of female founders on Slack.” – Angelo Cois
Every good CEO knows how crucial leadership skills are when running a business. The Rand Leadership Slack Group aims to help new, longtime, and aspiring leaders acquire leadership skills through the sharing of ideas and community conversations. The Rand Leadership Slack Group has over 8000 participants worldwide. And with over 400 channels, it might seem overwhelming at first. Fortunately, Rand has a guideline here to help you get started.
Joining the Rand Leadership Slack Group is free. Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, job, and a brief reason why you want to join the community.
FoundedX is a global initiative to celebrate local startups. Unlike other groups, this Slack community is built around the underdogs of the industry — people who are eager and passionate to develop tomorrow’s biggest innovations.
This Slack group has over 1500 members worldwide. They are all working closely together to build the local “Founded In” lists as well as various international FoundedX products. FoundedX has local communities in Algeria, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Germany, Hong Kong, Scotland, UK, Denmark, and many more!
Established in 2006, #Launch has over 8000 members and is one of the biggest communities on Slack. This go-to-channel started humbly as a community of 20 teenagers dabbling around web design and development. Over the years, the community has grown and has produced 5 YC founders, 4 VC-funded companies, a Thiel Fellow, and dozens of startups.
#Launch is a great place to collaborate, talk about new products, earn feedback, test your ideas, or find a co-founder for your “next big thing.”
If we are talking about the Tech scene in London, then #techlondon is the place to go. With over 5000 members and counting, this Slack community is among the largest in London.
It’s a great place to connect with tech people (design agencies, freelancers, developers, marketers), founders, and investors.
11. Hacking HR
They believe that HR can be the most important pioneer and trailblazer to propel organizations and their people forward into the future of work. Their purpose in Hacking HR is simple: create the best HR that has ever existed. They are focused at the intersection of future of work, technology and HR.
How do they want to do that? By creating a global community of HR people interested in the future of work and the intersection of tech and HR, and providing the most valuable tools so that the community is 100% ready for the future of work.
There’s never been a better time for HR in the history of business.
Conferences are expensive, periodic, time guzzling and formal. Learnings gained are many but due to the ephemeral nature of events and conferences, the application of concepts learnt leaves much to be desired. We at HRtoHR.com thought that it was imperative to kickstart an online community which can learn from each other, real time, without any envelope of formality associated with on-ground events.
So here we are – a Slack community of folks in the HR fraternity and sorority, spanning teams spread across recruitment, learning and HRBP. HRtoHR, as it’s name suggests, is a place where fellow HR professionals talk about best practices, everyday challenges, new tools, general jibber-jabber and rants about things that matter from one HR to another. The benefits are many – post an HR problem and get instant resolutions, get objective opinion about tools you would want to deploy, network with the best in the industry and shorten your learning curve through group think. Access to this group is complimentary.
For me, Slack is the future of online communities.
It’s a great app for cultivating camaraderie between like-minded people while offering a distraction-free environment that Facebook groups can only envy on.
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