We don't need to tell you how important it is for your team to talk to each other. 

Whether it's collaborating on a project or brainstorming a new product feature, team communication tools are the glue that holds your people together. Without effective communication, one in every five projects will fail, so it pays for your team to have the right toolkit. 

Team communication software comes in many shapes and sizes. Some tools are simple chat rooms, while others allow your team to collaborate on documents or share thoughts and comments similar to social media platforms. 

Our list is a little different as there are some tools you may not recognize. These eight platforms are filled with features and can help rapid-growth organizations—but some of them just haven't been featured in a TechCrunch article (yet!)

Here are our eight picks 👇

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Teamwork Chat keeps teams productive by seamlessly integrating into the full Teamwork platform. Instant face-to-face or team video chat features keep the human touch while dedicated chat channels reduce unnecessary meetings and emails.

1. Teamwork

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At the top of the list is our tool—Teamwork. 

Sure, it’s a project management tool, but it also has an entire suite of collaboration features to help your team talk to each other.

There's the central workspace that tracks important day-to-day stuff like what deadlines are coming up and who is working on what. Inside this workspace, there are extras like Teamwork Spaces and Teamwork Chat, where your team can message, share files, and even keep notebooks about projects.

Take Teamwork’s document sharing feature with a built-in editor. Open it up and share text, images, embedded videos, and diagrams within a document and collaborate on them with the rest of your team in real-time.

Teamwork Document Sharing Feature

That way, they’ll be perfect for when you need to share them with your clients 👌

Features

  • Inbuilt chat, collaboration editor, and document finder

  • Use Spaces to create, edit, and share content

  • Activity feeds that updates in real-time

  • Instant face-to-face or team video calls using Chat

Integrations

MS Teams, HubSpot, SoftSync for Jira, Chatify, Slack, Gmail for Teamwork, Zendesk for Teamwork

Price

Forever free plan and paid plans starting at $10/user/month

Want to give Teamwork a try? Sign up for a free 30-day trial and see why so many organizations count on Teamwork to manage multiple complex projects with ease.

2. Google Docs

Google Docs Example

Any team that is regularly working with documents should think about using Google Docs as a team communication tool.

Instead of emailing your team and asking them to take a look at a project brief or pinging them on Slack and asking them a question about something in a contract, Google Docs keeps all your questions and edits in a single document. 

Not only is it free, but it's also easy to share documents, add suggestions and comments, and collaborate on just about any project. Any edits or changes made are automatically saved, so your progress isn't lost. If you want to restore an older version of the document, all you have to do is head to the edit history and choose one.

And any time a team member jumps into a document, they'll appear on the top right-hand side of the screen so you know there's someone else there.

Features

  • Comments and suggestions for quick feedback and editing

  • Document sharing links and permission settings 

  • Changes are saved automatically

  • Mobile app so your team can collaborate from any device

Integrations

Box, HelloSign, Clockify, Tray.io, Teamwork, Slack, Evernote

Price 

Free

3. Front

Front Collaboration Tool example

Front is a communication software that brings all of your team’s conversations under one roof. 

It connects almost any chat tool you can think of—Drift, Twilio SMS, WhatsApp, Slack, Vyte, Zoom—and bundles them into one dashboard. So, if your team collaborates using lots of different channels, they won't have to switch from screen to screen constantly—they can work from Front. 

It also integrates your email platforms. Instead of getting buried in CCs and BCCs, your team can @mention each other and chat about emails internally to keep things organized. 

Features

  • Looks and feels like Gmail or Outlook when you use it

  • Open API allows you to customize it to your tech stack

  • Rules automatically send messages to the right team member based on keywords, sender, and time of day

  • Team inboxes help manage main email accounts like help@company.com and even your company Twitter account

Integrations

Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Slack, Zoom, Sendbee

Price

From $19/user/month

4. Flowdock

Flowdock tool example

Flowdock is a simple chat platform for teams to connect over messaging and video. 

Flowdock is a scaled-back version of Slack but has most of the similar core features like conversation threads, @mentions, and notifications.

There is inbuilt search and filtering, so you can quickly find any conversation you've had about an important project. The appear command instantly launches a video chat with a colleague. And the team inbox feature combines notifications from other channels, like Zendesk, Twitter, and email to keep everything organized.

Features

  • Create “Flows” to have 1:1 chats with team members

  • Tagg group threads together for easy searching

  • Flowdock app that runs on iOS and Android devices

  • 100+ integrations that can be connected using Open API

Integrations

Basecamp, Asana, Jira, ScrumDo, Aha!

Price

Plans start at $3/user/month

5. InVision

InVision Tool Example

InVision is a team communication tool for developers and designers.

Teams can upload designs and product prototypes directly to an InVision workspace and get comments from other developers. Thanks to the tools’ robust cloud storage, designs are stored in a shared dashboard where role-based permissions decide who can comment and share feedback.

Another cool feature is the interactive whiteboard. Teams can use this to brainstorm ideas together in real-time. If they like a suggestion, they can add a comment or a thumbs up to let you know!

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Features

  • Draw freehand designs and build prototypes on a screen with your team in real-time

  • Add comments, feedback, and emojis to brainstorming sessions

  • Store project files using cloud storage

  • Library of brainstorming templates to get started

Integrations 

Teamwork, Jira, Adobe, Sketch, Dropbox

Price

Free plan available and paid plans start at $7.95/user/month

6. Workvivo

Workvivo product example

Workvivo is a relatively new tool on the block. Instead of focusing on productivity, it hopes to do something else—improve team relationships.

The team communication tool is a platform where your team can discuss ideas, share updates about their lives, and invite each other to events. Designed for hybrid and remote teams, it’s a place where your people can get to know each other on a deeper level. It aims to go beyond the standard weekly Zoom catch-up.

Like other tools on our list, Workvivo also has a "spaces" feature where your team can interact and collaborate on projects. And the real-time personal activity feed means that nobody will miss out on any updates!

Features

  • Digital workspace to send instant messages

  • Social intranet to share updates and announcements

  • Branded employee app for when you are away from your desk

  • Public shout out feature to celebrate team wins

Integrations

Sharepoint, Slack, Zoom, Teams

Price

Price on request

7. Zoom

Zoom product example

The thing we like about Zoom (and what makes it more than just a great video conference tool) is that it gives your team lots of ways to communicate. You can video call, audio call, share your screens, and record meetings to share with anyone who couldn’t make it.

There’s also a chat function that’s super handy if you need to share links or documents during a meeting.

It generates searchable transcripts of every meeting you have (perfect for brainstorming sessions), and multiple people can share their screens simultaneously, making team meetings genuinely collaborative.

Features

  • Record meetings and save them to the cloud

  • Group chat has searchable history, file sharing, and a 10-year archive

  • Integrated calendars allow meetings to launch from Outlook, Gmail, or iCal

  • Join meetings from a desktop or mobile device

Integrations

Zapier, HubSpot, Gmail, Slack, Asana, Hangouts Chat. 

Price

Free Basic Plan, Pro Plan starts at $149.90/year/license

8. Confluence

Confluence product example

The last team communication tool on our list is Confluence – a creation by the folks behind other popular tools like Jira, Trello, and Bitbucket.

Confluence is aimed at creative teams who work in hybrid or remote environments. Using the documents feature, teams can create, edit, and discuss their work in one place. There are also 75 inbuilt templates to help you build out project strategies with planning docs and reports.

Inside the documents, your team can make in-line and page comments, like feedback suggestions, using tags when they’re ready to move forward.

Features

  • Advanced search and labels make it easy to find documents

  • Jira integrations like issue-tracking and dynamic roadmaps

  • Permissions help limit access to sensitive documents

  • The announcement tool allows you to keep your team updated on progress

Integrations

Salesforce, Twitter, Slack, Zoom, Google Drive, InVision, HubSpot

Price

Confluence has a limited free version with Premium pricing starting at $5 per user per month

What team communication tools are you choosing for 2021?

Hybrid work is here to stay, and companies need to figure out how their teams can talk to each other whether they’re in the office or at home. 

Investing in the right team communications is the best way to do that. Whether your team needs to chat over video, brainstorm using a whiteboard, or collaborate using a dedicated space, there are lots of tools that can make your remote workplace feel not-so-remote. 

So, what team communication tools are you choosing for your team?