With the growth of startups come a number of project management solutions that allow teams to collaborate virtually. On the internet, there are several options that are both free and paid. Slack and Workplace by Facebook are the two challengers at the top, though.
I started moving away from Slack, the supposedly ubiquitous chat software, a few months ago in favor of Workplace, Facebook’s internal messaging system. Now that Workplace is fully operational at my organization, I wanted to switch all internal communications to Facebook Workplace. Without a doubt, Workplace is less expensive than Slack and enables network-wide communication for my firm without requiring users to migrate between instances.
As the project manager/CEO of my own Digital Marketing Company, maximizing efficiency is an important element of my job. As a result, I’m highly interested in productivity applications and team communication systems. When I opted to use Workplace over Slack, I had a few key considerations.
When it comes to team communication and collaboration, Slack now ranks as the market leader. Its feature that allows you to integrate over 600 apps was a huge benefit, and its capacity to build chat groups and instant messaging made email outdated. Chatbots aided in the organization of corporate data by taking notes and generating reminders.
Workplace, on the other hand, reaps various benefits from the social network’s enormous platform.
With over 1.7 billion active users Because the app’s design is similar to the main Facebook site, most employees will have no issue getting started with this tool. Users may also submit updates in the newsfeed format of Facebook. Although Slack provides video conversations, Workplace is the only one that allows users to live broadcast events so far.
When it comes to cost, Slack includes a premium option, but it has several limitations, the most unpleasant of which is the email threshold. When you reach 10,000 messages, Slack will begin hiding your messages, starting with the oldest, unless you sign up for a subscription plan.
I run three companies, all of which use Slack. Each firm has 30 channels and 50 employees on average. It just took a few months for us to reach the 10,000 limit. And because each organization has its own Slack, that’s already 30,000 messages.
Workplace, on the other hand, provides limitless messages as part of its free plan, as well as live video streaming for conference meetings and voice and video conversations via PC and mobile.
While Slack has a mobile app, it lacks the call capabilities that Workplace does. The final straw is the cost. Slack charges an eye-watering $8 per active user each month, but Facebook Workplace charges only $3 for the next 1000 active users, cutting its pricing per user significantly. Workplace is absolutely the best option for me because I intend to scale later.