Reworking on Google calendar will help Google Workspace users to manage their calendars more effectively with less manual effort, as well as highlighting the events and meetings most important to them. Though the ability to divert invitations doesn’t address endemic problems with meetings culture in this new world of hybrid working, it will at least go some way to alleviating the symptoms.

To activate or deactivate the new feature, use the following pathway in the Google Calendar web app: Settings > Event settings > Add invitations to my calendar. With Google Calendar, you can quickly schedule meetings and events and get reminders about upcoming activities, so you always know what’s next. Calendar is designed for teams, so it’s easy to share your schedule with others and create multiple calendars that you and your team can use together.

As commented in a blog post, Google Calendar users will soon benefit from the ability to prevent unwanted invitations from being added to their calendars.

Under the updated system, users can choose for meetings and other events to be added to their calendar only after they have responded to the email invitation. The effect, says Google, is a less cluttered calendar interface and less time spent on administration.

“Google is rolling out improvements for its calendar app that should help people better manage their busy schedules”.

Since the transition to remote and hybrid working, many more meetings have taken place over video conferencing and VoIP services. Managers have also been encouraged to check in more frequently with employees, in the absence of a quick chat or coffee break at the office.

The brand new Google calendar characteristics ought to reside for all workspace customers inside the subsequent two weeks. All of this means a larger volume of meetings and more unwieldy calendars, which is somewhat of a nightmare for anyone who already spent more than their fair share of time in meetings before the pandemic.

Many more meetings have taken place since the move to remote and hybrid working, notably over video conferencing and VoIP solutions. In the absence of a brief conversation or coffee break at the workplace, managers have been urged to check in with staff more frequently. This all equates to more meetings and heavier calendars, which is a nightmare for anyone who has already spent too much time in meetings.

The objective of this most recent upgrade is to reduce manual effort while increasing Google Workspace users’ calendar management. It also emphasizes the events and meetings that are most essential to them. The freedom to opt-out of invites, of course, does not cure endemic problems with meetings culture in the new world of hybrid working. It will, at the very least, help to relieve the symptoms.