The more people you invite to your pairings channel, the bigger the opportunity to increase communication and collaboration team-wide.
Stuck on how to do it? We've compiled some suggestions to make it easy, whether you'd prefer to invite by Slack, by email, or both.
Slack is (surprise!) another great way to announce Donut, and we've seen good signup rates by using this method. Here are a few ideas for posts in #general (or your equivalent):
We've added Donut to Slack to help us get to know each other better. @donut will randomly intro everyone in #donut-friends-forever every 2 weeks and encourage them to meet for 🍩 or ☕ (via Zoom). You can opt in by joining #donut-friends-forever .
Do you like 🍩? Do you like 💬? We installed a new Slack app named @donut to help us meet and bond with teammates. If you join #YAYfriends, you'll be randomly introduced to someone every other week. Set up a Zoom sesh, (safely) take a walk, the 🌏 is your oyster.
👋 @here quick heads-up that we installed a Slack app named @donut to bring us closer! Donut randomly introduces you to a new teammate via DM every other week. Join #coffee-buds to get started.
Here are three real examples of emails teams have sent to announce Donut. Feel free to copy/paste or customize!
Subject: get to know each other over coffee!
We're rolling out a new connections program via Donut in Slack, and we'd love for you to participate!
What is it?
Donut is an app that will send you introductions to teammates via direct message in Slack. Once you've received a DM, you can chat and find a time to meet.
How can I opt into receiving intros?
Just find the #donut-be-strangers channel on Slack and join. You'll automatically be included in the next round of intros 🎉
If you need to pause intros for any reason like a vacation or want to opt out, here are some instructions.
Looking forward to getting ️ 🍩 or ☕ soon!
Subject: Get to know each other IRL
What's up team?
As we work from locations both near and far, the effects of scale and distance undoubtedly present some new challenges. Among those: Getting to know and communicating well with your teammates.
While we always encourage those serendipitous "hellos" or random reach outs to colleagues, we're excited to introduce a tool that will help make those introductions easier.
Donut is a friendly app that will introduce you to a coworker every Monday. You're welcome to Zoom, Facetime, go for a walk (if it's safe) - anything to get you talking!
Ready to get started?
- Search our Slack channels for #YAYFRIENDS and join it.
- Every Monday you'll receive a DM from Donut introducing you to a new colleague.
- If you'd like to opt out or snooze intros for any reason (like you're taking advantage of our flexible vacation policy), here's what to do.
- That's it!
YAY for friends!
We're trying out a new Slack app named Donut that will randomly assign lunch buddies every Monday. All you need to do is join the #lunch-buds channel.
##The Whole Shebang
Since we're so spread out, walking into the (virtual) lunch room or starting remotely can be intimidating. We've always set up lunch buddies for new hires, but not-so-new teammates have been wanting a way to do this past their first week. Here it is!
###Woohoo! I want in.
Find the #lunch-buds channel and join it. Every Monday you'll randomly be introduced with a new lunch buddy via DM. Donut finds teammates that don't often interact via Slack and pairs them, so you'll have a chance to meet someone totally new, or get to know teammates better.
Let us know if you have any feedback. We can adjust frequency, and if you want to opt out or pause, you can do so any time.