The Advent of chat channels

Today, businesses are seeking fun ways to stay connected virtually in a world of monotonous emails. The latest trend in business productivity is to replace internal emails with online chats. Slack is a leader in this space which advocates the use of “chat channels” for conversations. Channels are usually set up by an administrator or a top-level manager who then invites his team to participate in the conversations. Unfortunately, all the conversations in the channel are visible to all the invited participants. This creates unintended consequences. 

How Clariti handles group chat

In Clariti, you can start a group chat by creating a TopicFolder. You don’t need an administrator or a top-level manager to start a TopicFolder. Once you create a TopicFolder and start a group chat, you can decide to whom you want to communicate. This way, the privacy of the message is maintained throughout the TopicFolder, avoiding any unintended consequences.

Unintended consequences of chat channels

Imagine a sales manager invites a team of his account executives and a technical manager to a meeting via chat. The intent of the meeting is to discuss the status of a new software product the company is developing. During the group chat the technical manager shares screenshots of the software. She provides an update on the development progress. She also gets excited and mentions that the new release will be available within four weeks. Hearing this, the account executives also get excited and start discussing plans on approaching their prospects to introduce the software. 

The sales manager wants to caution the technical manager to properly set his team’s expectations. But he has no opportunity to privately share his concerns in the team channel. He can separately chat with the technical manager in a direct chat between the two. However, when he does that, this direct conversation is no longer linked to the ongoing chat between the team. Such separate unlinked conversation threads can mushroom and cause stress since everyone must rely on their memory to recall what was said when and in which context. 

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How Clariti handles the same situation

In Clariti, the sales manager starts a TopicFolder by the name “New software status” and invites his team members (account executives and a technical manager) to join the group conversation. After the technical manager shares the screenshots and inadvertently mentions release dates for the software, the sales manager can have a separate conversation with the technical manager in the same thread cautioning her to set proper expectations of the sales team. This sidebar conversation will be in the same TopicFolder as the rest of the presentation, but visible only to the Sales & Technical managers. In this way TopicFolder enables users avoid information silos and preserve context across conversations.

In Clariti, we believe that most conversations in real life are fluid, and the chat software also needs to reflect how people behave naturally. TopicFolder allows conversations to flow naturally by facilitating the dynamic addition & removal of participants from the conversations based on need. TopicFolder also provide newly invited people with context when suddenly roped into an ongoing discussion. It also provides confidentiality when discussing the same topic with a different set of participants who need not know about the prior conversation with others. 

Clariti is one of the best productivity apps that help you to organize not only your chats, but all your internal and external communications in TopicFolders so that you never lose context.

With flexible conversations at work, there is no search and no stress. It helps you get organized automatically so that you have fewer but relevant conversations that can go a long way in boosting your work productivity.

Sign up for Clariti today and see the difference.

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