The Virtual HQ for your Remote Team
Branch is the virtual workplace where remote teams can feel more connected with each other by moving around a virtual office to spontaneously talk with teammates. It's is a great way for your team to signal availability and nurture serendipity in the workplace.
Read on for a quick start guide on using branch.
Create Your Branch
To create your own branch, you'll first want to create a user account at auth.branchbeta.com/signup. Once you've created and logged into your user account, you can create a new branch by choosing a branch name and subdomain.
Read the full user guide on creating your branch: How do I sign up for and create a new branch?
Invite Your Team to branch
Branch works best when your whole team can join you, so you'll want to invite your team members.
Your branch HQ is unique to your organization. To find your invite link, log into your branch and click on the "Invite People" button at the bottom of your navigation panel at the left hand side of your screen. Then, you can copy/paste this link and send it to your team members to invite them to your branch HQ.
- Create Google Calendar meeting invites with a link to your virtual HQ directly from branch!
- Add branch to your Slack workspace to quickly invite team members to branch through Slack!
Quickly Commute to your Virtual Office
Download the branch desktop app for Mac, or bookmark a link to your team's branch link for quick access!
Use branch to Signal Availability
Opening branch at the start of your day helps separate work from home. Think of it as your office commute. When you join, all your coworkers see you arrive as you make your way to your desk, or perhaps to the coffee maker.
Encourage your entire team to login each morning when they start their work day and stay in branch until they're done with work. That way:
- Team members can move around and talk to each other throughout the day as needed, or
- Sit quietly and be accessible just in case
The beauty of branch is in serendipity, but you can also try using branch for:
- Your team's daily standup meeting
- "Coffee" breaks with a coworker
- 1-on-1 meetings with your manager or teammate
- Company all-hands meetings
Use Voice, Text, Video, and Screenshare to Chat with Team Members in branch
Branch is spatial just like your voice. Your voice moves as you move. You can use your voice to chat with anyone nearby. Just keep in mind that if you move away from others, they will no longer hear you. You can quickly find a team member in branch to navigate to them before chatting by clicking on their name in the navigation bar to find and navigate to them.
- Use doors to have private meetings or to create a private space where you can work quietly.
- Use whiteboards to brainstorm with your team.
Decorate Your Office
When you first create your branch, you'll have a default office layout that you can customize using Builder Mode! Objects can be purchased using acorns.
Access Builder Mode by clicking on the Builder Mode icon at the bottom right-hand corner of your screen:
Select objects from a number of categories and sub-categories, like furniture, rugs, electronics, and more! It's as easy as selecting the object you want and dragging it into place. Read the full user guide on Builder Mode here: How do I decorate and customize my branch office?
If you have any questions, chat with us live when logged into branch using the help button at the bottom right-hand corner:
We also love introducing new teams to their virtual HQ through personalized tours! Contact our Customer Success team at email@example.com and they will be happy to help!
If you would like to leave us feedback, suggest an idea or report a bug - the best place to do so is on our feedback board, where you can explore all feedback from the community and track the progress of your ideas!
Check it out at: https://branchgg.canny.io/
Connect with Us
Join our community to stay connected with us!
We hold branch community events a few times a month. Event announcements will be posted in the branch community Discord server. Connect with us on our branch community Discord server: https://discord.gg/muXtq7jRaW.
You can also connect with us on Twitter: @branch_gg.