Written by Josh O'Riordan
Oct 08, 2015

Post your location to Slack

How to use Slack to aid remote working

A short Slack series

This is the fourth and final part of our series exploring how we use Slack here at Brightec.

Read parts one, two and three to find out more about what Slack is and why and how we use it:

3 great ways to setup Slack

3 simple Slack rules

5 tricks to get the most out of Slack

In this post we’ll explore how we use Slack to help us fully benefit from remote working.


At Brightec we encourage all of our team to work remotely for at least part of their working week. 

There are many good reasons to do this and we can certainly attest to its success. 

If you need further convincing then we’d heartily recommend the book Remote by 37Signals.


Who is in?

However, one drawback of remote working is knowing quite where everyone is. In particular; who’s in the office? 

Of course, rigorous calendar scheduling and syncing would be one fix but for a small company that’s just another unwanted administrative burden. We’re always keen to find the smart and simple solution instead.

Slack only gives you an indication of whether the user is active or inactive and although our calendar indicates the days we intend to work remotely, it doesn’t take into account meetings out of the office or other unplanned events.

What we wanted to do was automate this process, so that we could have an easy indication of whether someone was in the office or not.


As mentioned in an earlier post IFTTT has some great recipes for Slack and we discovered a couple of great recipes for figuring quite when our team were in the office. They are fairly self explanatory:

For Android users:

Post to Slack when I arrive at work 

Post to Slack when I leave work 

For iOS users:

When entering or exiting an area post to a Slack channel 

We have simply set these recipes to post to a channel called #location every time that a user (one of our staff team) enters/exits the office.

That way any of our staff working remotely can just check the channel to see who is in and out.

Don't forget...

Don't miss our previous posts: 

3 great ways to set up Slack 

3 simple Slack rules

5 tricks to get the most out of Slack


Some general slack tips: medium.com/@slackhq/11-useful-tips-for-getting-the-most-of-slack-5dfb3d1af77

Slack Automation: medium.com/why-not/what-will-the-automated-workplace-look-like-495f9d1e87da