The company reveals that an update to Google Calendar has made it harder for your coworkers to hide away from office meetings.
The Calendar app announces that it is tweaking the user interface you are currently using to show your working location.
Previously, showing whether you were working from home or in the office displayed on Google Calendar as an all-day event would often confuse people’s schedules.
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Google Calendar first introduced the ability to share your working location in August 2021, and hopes the new change will make it easier for your coworkers to show you exactly where you are.
Going forward, the platform uses the “more compact format” at the top of your daily schedule, which is different from meeting invitations and other events on your calendar.
in a Google Workspace Blog Post Explaining the update, the company stated that the feature will be turned off by default, so end users should make sure that their company managers have properly toggled it to participate.
Once launched, the tool will be available to Google Workspace Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, Education Plus and non-profit organizations as well as G Suite business customers. However, users with personal Google Accounts, as well as Google Workspace Essentials, Business Starter, Enterprise Essentials, Education Fundamentals, Frontline customers as well as G Suite Basic customers will not be able to access it yet.
This release is the latest in a series of updates and upgrades as the company looks to get the most out of Google Calendar when customers return to work in the new era of working hybrid.
Recently, Google Calendar has also been upgraded to show a variety of status options in Google Chat by providing additional information on what you or your coworkers would like to do. Previously limited to showing when someone was not at work, Google Chat can now show many different statuses, including “Meeting” or “In Focus Time”.
Google Calendar has also recently launched “Focus Time”, where users can skip meetings and block time off for actual work.
Setting such a marker on your Google Calendar also allows users to automatically reject meetings, eliminating the need for last minute work.