So, your search for the best tool to build your team’s culture has come down to Slack and Candor, but you’re unsure how you can use either — or both — to bring your team closer together.

While we’re the team behind Candor and would love for you to use our tool, we want you to build your culture using the best fit for your team. So we objectively broke down how you can use Slack or Candor across all the different ways you might want to create a stronger culture — plus what’s possible by combining both tools.

Here’s the bottom line:

  • Slack is great for communicating with your team async, allowing teammates across different time zones to be on the same page without having to be in the same place.
  • Candor is for you if you want to create an intentional space to build culture — where your team talks about who they are, hypes each other up through recognition, and can connect authentically through polls, shoutouts and feedback.
  • Slack + Candor is the ultimate power duo for building your culture remotely and bringing intentionality into the place your team does their work.

Use Cases: Slack + Candor

Although both tools were designed for remote or hybrid teams in mind, they’re built for entirely different use cases — which means different features!

Let’s break down how you can use the key features in each product ⤵️

Shoutouts 📣

Shoutouts are what they sound like: an intentional way of celebrating your teammates. Recognizing each other’s wins boosts morale, reinforces positive behavior, and helps build a supportive team culture.

Using Slack for Shoutouts: Channels

Slack channels are dedicated spaces where you can bring together people from your company to discuss or collaborate on a common goal or project. You can create a channel for a project, topic, or team, and can set their access to be public (anyone from your company can join) or private (invite-only).

  • Pros: You can organically encourage team members to share kudos in public channels. Reactions and comments from teammates add to the celebration. Plus, the async nature of Slack means team members across different time zones can still celebrate each other regardless of time zone.
  • Cons: Channels are inherently transient. Every message on Slack has a short lifespan. As soon as someone posts a new message of thread, yours is bumped up and eventually gone. While this is great for dynamic communication, it’s not great for building a stable, intentional culture. A shoutout on Slack can feel out of place, sandwiched between project updates and deadline reminders. Slack also puts the onus on team members to remember to give shoutouts without structure or support.

Using Candor for Shoutouts

Candor encourages teammates to share shoutouts based on your team’s values. These shoutouts can acknowledge each other’s strengths or wins and map them back to your team values. This way, you’re celebrating behavior that truly represents your culture.

  • Pros: Candor make it easy and frictionless to give shoutouts, inspiring team members to recognize each other more often. These shoutouts are always value-centric and are designed to maintain culture. Candor’s shoutouts are also non-fleeting and can always be easily referenced.
  • Cons: Requires a separate platform — unless integrated with Slack! More on that below.

The Power Duo: Slack + Candor

Use Slack for spontaneous kudos and Candor for more intentional, values-driven shoutouts. Candor’s integration with Slack allows for seamless recognition across both platforms.

Feedback 🙌

Continuous feedback helps improve performance, encourages growth, and strengthens relationships within the team.

Using Slack for Feedback: Messages

In addition to channels, Slack lets you message teammates privately, too. This is super useful when you don’t want to clog up a channel with information that’s only relevant to a specific subset of people, or if you want to praise people in private.

  • Pros:  It’s quick and easy to give feedback via direct messages in real-time.
  • Cons: Slack notifications can sometimes feel overwhelming, meaning feedback can be easily overlooked or lost. Although adhoc feedback is easy to give, the lack of structure around this feedback may lead to incomplete feedback cycles.

Using Candor for Feedback

Candor allows you to create bi-directional feedback rituals with teammates. You’re able to select the teammate you’ll pair with, choose from a few starter prompts, and answer them. Responses are only visible to both people in the feedback ritual. .

  • Pros: Candor enables you to embed candid, continuous feedback into your team’s day-to-day. ****Bi-directional feedback with structured prompts ensures teammates are giving each other comprehensive feedback that can be documented and revisited.
  • Cons: Candor requires setting up feedback rituals, which may not be as immediate as Slack.

The Power Duo: Slack + Candor

Use Slack for immediate, informal feedback and Candor for structured, detailed feedback sessions. This creates a balance of instant communication and thoughtful, documented feedback.

Check-ins 🥰

One of the hardest things about working in a remote team is remembering to check in — both with others, and with yourself.

Using Slack for Check-Ins: Channels +  Messages

With Slack, you can check-in with your teammates in a group channel or direct message.

  • Pros:  This facilitates real-time updates and ensures everyone is on the same page.
  • Cons: However, check-ins can get buried in the flow of messages, making it hard to keep track of everyone’s updates. There’s also no reminder to check-in with others — and in the day-to-day of work, it’s easy for it to slip your mind without a prompt.

Using Candor for Check-Ins

Candor creates a fun and easy way for you to keep a pulse on your team’s goals, progress, wins, and overall feelings at work. Every week, the team is sent a reminder when it’s time for their check-ins.

💼 For professional check-ins, this could be upcoming goals or recent accomplishments.

🧘 For personal check-ins, this could be what you’re reading or watching.

From there, everyone on the team completes the required prompts. After everyone’s check-ins are complete, you can review your team’s responses to stay aligned and see who your team is outside of work to build genuine connections.

  • Pros: Structured check-ins with prompts ensure thorough updates. Personal and professional check-ins build genuine connections. Responses are documented and can be reviewed anytime.
  • Cons: Structured check-ins with prompts ensure thorough updates. Personal and professional check-ins build holistic connections. Responses are documented and can be reviewed anytime.

The Power Duo: Slack + Candor

Use Slack for quick, daily check-ins and Candor for everything else — more in-depth check ins that help teammates get to know who they are at work and outside of it.

1-on-1s 💬

1-on-1 meetings are key for a successful ongoing feedback model. They give managers and their teams uninterrupted time to discuss projects, review performance, remove blockers, and more.

Using Slack for 1-on-1s: Huddles

Text isn’t the only way to communicate on Slack. With huddles, you can instantly connect with channels or individuals over audio or video and share your screen.Think of it like a quick, ad-hoc meeting — just like the name suggests.

  • Pros: Huddles are great if you need to gather your team together to quickly talk over something that would take too long, or be too inefficient, over text.
  • Cons: A prerequisite to running a productive 1-on-1 meeting is having an agenda to cover. Huddles, designed to be a quick calls, may not incentivize this level of preparation.

Using Candor for 1-on-1s

Candor enables regular 1-on-1s with teammates, allowing you to set an agenda, meeting cadence, and recurring time. Teammates will get a reminder two days before each meeting to review the shared agenda and prep for the call.

  • Pros: Candor provides a structured agenda for 1-on-1s, allowing teams to prepare for each meeting. During 1-on-1s, teams can also check off items they discuss, and any items that aren’t covered are automatically moved to the next agenda—so you never lose track of an action item.
  • Cons: Adhering to an agenda may not be right for everyone, especially those who prefer to informally catch up with their team.

The Power Duo

Use Slack for quick, spontaneous huddles and Candor for structured, regular 1-on-1s. This combination creates room for quick problem-solving and ongoing, deep-dive discussions.

Introducing new members to the team 👋

Sometimes it can be overwhelming for a new hire to join the team and get up to speed on who everyone is. Facilitating a smooth onboarding includes finding easy ways for your team to introduce themselves to anyone that joins, and vice versa, to build strong bonds from the beginning.

Using Slack: Bio

Members in Slack can add a bio to their profiles to make working together easier. They can share helpful details, like their time zone or job title, that others can see at a glance.

  • Pros: These bios are great for remote teams to see each other’s time zones, and also for new joiners to get familiar with the roles of everyone on the team.
  • Cons: Slack bios are limited to top-level details about who team members are at work. There’s no room for you to truly get to know each other on a personal level and in a way that creates genuine connections.

Using Candor: Profiles

Candor profiles are a way for individual teammates to share their work preferences, styles, and quirks.

  • Pros: You can add different chapters that, added together, tell the full story of your career history. Teams can write and request ‘takes’ from others that share honest anecdotes about you, like your preferred working style, biggest challenges, things you’re working on, and more. Plus, you can share your profile with friends and teammates to connect and work better together
  • Cons: Creating a profile on Candor requires more effort than bios on Slack.

The Power Duo

Use Slack to logistic details around people’s roles.  Use Candor to find out who your team is as people.

Polls❓

If you’ve ever needed input from everyone on your team, you’re probably familiar with the concept of polls. They’re a quick, easy way for people to vote on things async.

Using Slack: Polls

You can create polls in Slack channels through apps like like Simple Poll and Polly. You can set up the poll, customize questions, and collect responses from team members efficiently.

  • Pros: Quick setup and immediate feedback within Slack. Polls can be customized and set to be anonymous if needed. Results can be displayed in real-time or after the poll ends.
  • Cons: Requires integration with polling apps.

Using Candor: Polls

Candor’s polls are a simple, fun way to get your teammates to weigh in on things—whether it’s admin like choosing a location for your next offsite, or a fun icebreaker to bring everyone closer. You can choose from Candor’s pre-set list of polls or create your own, send reminders to your team to vote before the poll ends, and see the final results in real-time.

  • Pros: Built-in, easy-to-use polling feature. Structured reminders ensure participation. Results are easily accessible and can be referenced later.
  • Cons:

The Power Duo

Use Candor for structured, intentional polling, and send the results to Slack with Candor’s Slack integration.

Integrations: Slack vs. Candor

Slack’s integrations

One of Slack’s strongest superpowers are its integrations. Users can choose from a library of over 2,600 apps to bring all their tools together in Slack.

Candor’s integrations

Candor integrates with Slack so you can bring shoutouts, feedbacks, and check-ins directly to the place your team is working in. Candor also integrates with Okta.

Pricing: Slack vs. Candor

Slack’s pricing

Slack has 3 pricing tiers:

  • Pro: $7.25 per person, per month
  • Business: $12.50 per person, per month
  • Enterprise: pricing determined by Slack’s sales teams

Candor’s pricing

Candor has a simple pricing system:

  • Core: $5 per teammate, per month for 2 team missions
  • Plus: $10 per teammate per month for 5 team missions
  • Pro: $15 per teammate per month for 9 team missions

Plus, Candor has two free options:

  • A free 30-day trial for any team plan that can be cancelled anytime
  • Candor profiles are 100% free to make, always.

The Power Duo: Slack + Candor

Candor complements Slack beautifully. It’s a space where employees can connect on a personal level, share their stories, and build lasting relationships. While Slack handles the “what” and “how” of work, Candor tackles the “who” and “why.”  This is made possible by Candor’s integration with Slack.

In practice, this looks like using Slack for day-to-day operations and Candor for everything that builds and sustains your company culture. Imagine starting your day with a quick sync on Slack, diving into project updates, and then switching to Candor for a virtual coffee break where you share weekend stories or celebrate a team member’s success. It’s the best of both worlds—productivity without losing the human touch.

Wrapping Up

In conclusion, Slack and Candor are made for different things:

  • Slack: communication.
  • Candor: building culture.

What’s the difference? A common mistake is equating communication with culture. Sure, communication is a part of culture, but it’s not the whole picture. When companies try to build culture solely through how they discuss work, employees end up feeling disconnected. Real culture involves recognition, genuine conversations, and relationship-building — which can’t be fully captured in Slack.

At Candor, we think culture demands intentionality. It needs dedicated spaces where people can share who they are, not just what they do. This is where Slack falls short. The platform is excellent for project discussions and quick updates but lacks the depth needed for true human connection. A Slack thread might tell you what happened, but it won’t tell you how someone feels or what they value.

But, when it comes to Slack vs. Candor, it’s not about choosing one over the other. Each brings addresses different needs of a remote team; Slack is your go-to for seamless communication, keeping everyone connected and informed. Candor, on the other hand, is your culture cultivator, ensuring that the human aspect of your team thrives.

Slack and Candor aren’t competitors — they're collaborators.

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