Google says that the new RSVP option will initially be available on Google Calendar and that it will be coming to calendar invitations in Gmail soon, thereby ensuring greater flexibility for employees.
The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way we work. Amid the changed circumstances, working from home has become more of a norm these days. But as more and more offices open their doors to their employees, hybrid work culture is taking over the work-from-remote-locations trend. But there is a major problem with the hybrid working culture. When setting up a meeting, the organisers are not sure how many people would be attending the meeting in person and how many would do so virtually. Google has taken note of this issue and so it has rolled out a new feature in Google Calendar that aims to clarify it for the organisers just who is attending a meeting and exactly how.
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Google today announced a new feature dubbed as RSVP for Google Calendar. This feature will help the meeting organisers understand how a particular guest aims to attend a meeting — physically or virtually. As of now, when users get an invite for a meeting, they are given two options — Yes or No — to pick from. Now, an image shared by Google shows that users will get a drop-down right next to the Yes option that will give them two options to pick from. The options are — ‘Yes, joining virtually’ and ‘Yes, in a meeting room’.
The new feature initially will only be available on Google Calendar, but will soon come to Gmail calendar invitations. Google said the feature gradually will roll out to users in the coming weeks.
These features are especially handy, since many workers have had to work from home this past year and will continue to do so either full-time or in a hybrid setting, as Google noted in its announcement. According to a 2020 study from the University of Chicago, 22% of all full work days are expected to be performed from home after the pandemic ends, compared with just 5% before.