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Going Remote Guide03-26-2020

Episode 27

While email is certainly one way to connect with your team, it definitely isn’t the best option for collaboration. Instead, we suggest that your team explores options like Slack or Microsoft Teams that enable a more seamless approach to collaboration.

Note: Collaboration hubs are best suited for unclassified transitory information and their adoption should consider Government of Canada (GC) Information Management policies.


Slack is a collaboration hub that can replace email to help you and your team work seamlessly together.


  1. Create a dedicated announcement channel
  2. Organize your work by channels (e.g., a channel per project)
  3. Connect the tools you use everyday (e.g., Outlook, GSuite)
  4. Adopt shared channels (collaborate in/outside your org)
  5. Post status updates (e.g., on a call, having lunch, etc.)
  6. Make calls without leaving slack (e.g., integrated options)

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is a unified communication and collaboration platform that combines persistent workplace chat, video meetings, file storage, and application integration. During COVID-19, the GC is temporarily allowing access to Microsoft 365 tools (including MS Teams) via the cloud or any personal device for unprotected/unclassified information and discussion. Learn more at GCcollaboration.


  1. Bring all the right people together to quickly access key documents and tools, explore data, and get updates from the apps your teams use every day.
  2. Avoid searching for documents with built-in access to SharePoint, OneNote and Planner.
  3. Video calling makes it possible for people to see each other, get a feel for personality and mood, and pick up on nuances and intonations.
  4. With virtual task lists, your team (or selected members of it) can see lists of all your tasks and their status.

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