‘Snack’ provides spontaneous, time-restricted video conversations with ice-breakers, allowing teams to build authentic relationships, promote collaboration and share knowledge within Slack.
July 1, 2020 —
San Francisco, CA – Gajus Kuizinas has been working remotely and managing distributed teams for a large part of his professional career, and while he recognizes that there are many advantages to working from home, he is quite familiar with the downsides.
“Almost everyone who works from home experiences a sense of loneliness and isolation,” says Kuizinas. “And these feelings can have a negative impact on your productivity as well as your health, so it’s not something to be taken lightly.
Kuizinas understands that loneliness is caused by the lack of face-to-face interactions with co-workers that people working in offices experience as part of the job. These interactions can lead to innovation and relationships – sadly lacking for those forced to stay home.
As Kuizinas sees it, the biggest problems associated with remote work are:
• the lack of support and relationships with co-workers
• the sense of not been seen or rewarded
• the feelings of social isolation
And for these reasons, the concept of Snack was born.
“Snack’s mission is to make remote work as sociable an experience as going to the office,” he adds. “People seem to love it. It’s become pretty popular with big companies like Giphy, Stanford, University of California and Dell, and currently we have over 200,000 users.”
Snack is a Slack bot that enables team members to enjoy spontaneous, time-restricted video conversations with icebreakers. Users never know who they will be talking to until they see each other in the video room, when names and the icebreakers are revealed. The entire experience is designed to feel like a game, but it helps people get to know more about their co-workers and develop authentic relationships.
Since Snack is free for public Slack communities, many users are founders, hackathons, indie makers, artists, and COVID-19 related Slack groups. Not surprisingly, the bot is also rapidly growing in popularity with large companies that have predominantly remote workforces.
“With Snack, we have created a remote work culture without compromising on anything that a physical office has to offer,” concludes Kuizinas. “With the help of Snack, teams become more engaged, more collaborative and cohesive, and quite simply, enjoy getting to know each other.”
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