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Google Calendar now always tells your team exactly where you work.

The new Google Workspace update will make it harder for you or your co-workers to hide from your office meetings.

The company announced that it is allowing users to set their work location in Google Calendar by default, instead of manually enabling the feature.

Calendar app users will be able to let colleagues know if they are at home or in the office, making it easier for them to know if someone is nearby for a face-to-face meeting or need to endure another video conference call. .

Work from home

This feature was first announced in August 2021 with the aim of spurring the growth of hybrid work after the pandemic.

However, users weren’t always sure that work from home or the office showed up as an all-day event on Google Calendar, cluttering up users’ schedules.

This issue was fixed in the May 2022 update, which introduced a “more compact format” that sits at the top of your daily planner and is distinctly different from meeting invitations and other events on your calendar.

Until now, this feature was disabled by default, which meant that users had to make sure their company’s administrators enabled it.

This change is rolling out and will be available to Google Workspace Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, Education Fundamentals, Education Standard, Education Plus, Teaching and Learning Upgrade and non-profit organizations, and legacy G Suite Business customers.

However, Google Workspace Essentials, Business Starter, Enterprise Essentials, and Frontline users and former G Suite Basic customers will not have access, nor will users with a personal Google account.

Recently, Google Calendar has also been updated to display a range of status options in Google Chat, giving you more information about what you or your colleagues are up to. Previously limited to displaying someone’s absence, the Google Chat feature now allows you to display a range of different statuses, including “in a meeting” or “in focus”.

Google Calendar also recently received a “Focus Time” feature that allows users to block periods when they can avoid meetings and focus on their work.

Setting such a marker in your Google Calendar will also allow users to automatically decline appointments, meaning there’s no need to rush at the last minute to get work done.

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