Top 10 Slack Communities For HR and People Ops Professionals
What are Slack Communities?
Slack Communities are like Facebook Groups. They enable you to connect with like-minded people, discuss topics of interests, get feedback about your ideas, and many more.
Most of us have used Slack in a workplace setting at this point and the benefits are quite similar when you’re connecting with strangers in a community. You can create channels for various topics and keep conversations focused, easily search for previously discussed topics and tips that you may have missed, connect 1-on-1 with other members, and there’s a high degree of interaction and engagement whenever a question gets asked.
One of the most active groups of people connecting in these Slack communities are HR and People Ops professionals. So we thought it’d be worthwhile to highlight some of the best communities out there for these people.
#People is a Slack community for people ops, hr professionals, building better companies and managing humans. The website says “over 6000 people ops, human resources and talent management professionals are involved in a 24/7*365 conversation about anything to do with people.”
#People is a curated community. Each new application is screened thoroughly before being invited to the group for an exclusive, lifetime membership.You actually have to make a “#people promise” when submitting your application that you’re not a bot, not going to plug a product, and not going to do anything annoying or immoral. So you can rest assured the conversation will always be with your peers.
Managed by the folks at CultureAmp, PeopleGeeks Slack group is for HR professionals, recruitment professionals, and even CEOs. It’s a community of people with similar values and ideas. With over 15,000 members worldwide, it’s one of the bigger communities out there. And it’s a great way to expand your network, learn about events and meetups, and get a broad exposure to the HR community.
According to their website, a People Geek is “someone who is dedicated to enabling people and passionate about the power of employee feedback.” Does that sound like you?
Discussions about improving teams and the workplace. Leaders, People Geeks/People Ops, HR, and anyone interested in improving the way we work is welcome to join. With 4,000 members worldwide, you’ll find lots of nuggets and helpful tips spewn about the workspace. There are channels for #links, #models-and-tools, #events, and even #self-organization.
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Resources for Humans
Managed by the folks at Lattice, Resources for Humans is a free Slack community of 10,000+ HR leaders designed to help HR professionals connect, share advice, and ask questions. The chatter in this community tends to be a bit more forward-thinking, with People Ops leaders looking to advance their craft and network with other professionals. If you’re in a tech-driven company or startup / high-growth environment, these are your people.
They have a strict code of conduct, are intent on keeping out solicitors, focusing the discussion on HR-related topics. So only join if you’re willing to contribute to the progression of the HR / People Ops profession.
Secret HR Society
We’ll be honest - we couldn’t get into this community, so we aren’t too familiar with its inner workings. But we hear good things! This is an invite-only Slack community (you have to be referred by one of its members) aimed at people who work in the People Ops space and again, tends to lean toward forward-thinking topics and conversation. It originates in Germany, however it is English friendly. 🙂 👉 One thing though: You will have to show 5+ years of People Ops experience to join this network.
The Hacking HR community is all about trailblazing. They believe that HR can be the most important pioneer to propel organizations and their people forward into the future of work. Their purpose in Hacking HR is simple: create the best HR that has ever existed. They are focused at the intersection of the future of work, technology and HR.
The community is free to join and while there are far more facets to membership than the Slack community, the Slack community is a great place to start. If you’re looking to be an innovator and think creatively in the HR space, this community is for you.
Discouraged by their experiences at conferences - which they felt were “expensive, periodic, time guzzling and formal” - the folks at HRtoHR.com set out to build an online community that was the antithesis of a conference. They wanted a place where HR professionals could learn from each other in real time in a much more casual setting.
HRtoHR is that place; where fellow HR professionals xB talk about best practices, everyday challenges, new tools, general jibber-jabber and rants about things that matter from one HR to another.
In this rapidly changing work environment, #PeoplePeople serves as a global community that provides inspiration and the latest information concerning HR. As the name suggests, #PeoplePeople is really for folks who are passionate about people and the inner workings of organizations, folks who are champions of new and innovative people practices.
Their website states that the community is for anyone in the HR, talent management, and recruiting industry. If you spend a good portion of your day hiring people (on behalf of others or for yourself) or if you are at the forefront of building a culture in your organization, this community is for you.
Techrecruiter is a Slack HR community for passionate technical recruiters helping each other by sharing knowledge, new sourcing techniques and posting available job positions. While it's sort of an outlier in this list as it’s not necessarily for broader HR or People Ops professionals, this is one of the best communities out there for recruiting or talent acquisition professionals. If you’re responsible for hiring at your organization, give this community a look.
Managed by LifeLabs Learning, POPs United is described as “a place to share resources, ask questions, solve problems together, and be one another's support system.” They stay on top of hot-button issues in the HR space, and with over 3,000 members (largely US-based), there’s always someone there with tips of advice to share. We’ve found a lot of the members in this community are tech startups or venture-backed companies. So if you find yourself in that demographic, this might be one of your better options.
You have to complete their application to join, though they’re not too stringent. You just have to prove your role is somehow related to management or HR.