Google Calendar to Implement New Time Management Feature

Google is adding a feature to its calendar, allowing users to see how much time they're spending in meetings.
Duncan Lambden

Google has announced a new feature called Time Insights for the Google Calendar. Once this feature is released, users will be able to browse various data regarding their meetings, as long as they are viewing their calendar through a computer.

While Google Calendar used to mainly serve as just that, a calendar, the exodus from office life has lead to a massive increase in Google Hangouts as a vessel for meetings. Google Hangouts has existed for a while, but it was usually used for occasional meetings when someone couldn't attend physically.

But now that multiple businesses are either working from home entirely or conducting their business through a hybrid style, virtual meetings have become a necessity for many office-based businesses. This necessity means that employees have a lot more to gain from in-depth analytics about their meeting behavior.

How Will this New Feature Work?

Businesses who pay to use Google Workspace will be able to show each individual employee a personalized report that tells them how much time they're spending in meetings or working with collaborators.

This can be as general as “how much time per week do I spend in meetings?” or as specific as “which day do I usually have the most meetings?” This will allow people to plan ahead, spreading out their workload to accommodate for busier days.

Users will also be able to see the people that they are most frequently in meetings with, allowing quick access to their calendars in case they want to set up a call.

Other Noteworthy Information on Time Insights

Time Insights is expected to roll out between September 6th and September 20th. For now, it will be usable only under certain Google Workspace plans. These plans are Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, Education Plus and Nonprofits.

It's worth noting that only employees will be able to see their own Time Insights report. Managers will not have free access to their reports' calendars, unless those reports have enabled the “manage sharing access” permission. Workspaces as a whole can also turn this off for every employee, should they feel inclined.

The Future of Remote Working

Google Hangouts is one of many virtual meeting platforms that have all found footing during the work from home boom. While Time Insights is a great add-on for Google Hangouts, it doesn't make it the indisputable best platform on the market.

In fact, competition is fierce in the web conferencing space, with the likes of Microsoft, Google, Zoom, and countless others all vying for your business.

If you're in the market for a web-conferencing software platform, here is our list of the best web-conferencing platforms on the market. They all have different strengths and weaknesses, so each platform will suit different businesses.

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GoToMeeting

Zoom

RingCentral

Webex

Google Meet

Microsoft Teams

Lifesize

UberConference

BlueJeans

Overall conference calling

Beginners

Longer meetings

Larger businesses

Google users

Microsoft users

Users that need hardware

International calls

Users that need customer support

$14.99/month

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$8/month

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$12.95/month

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$12-$16/month

  • High quality audio and video
  • Very reliable and secure
  • Lower cost than competitors
  • Easy to use
  • Impressive free version available
  • Intuitive interface
  • Lots of customizability
  • Can also be used for Glip
  • Feature-rich software
  • High quality audio and video
  • Easy setup
  • Google Calendar compatibility
  • Saves chat logs
  • Easy integration with Google apps
  • Completely free
  • 300 participants
  • Integrates with Microsoft 365
  • 1080p video and HD audio,
  • Integrates with third-party apps
  • Good value
  • Simple interface
  • Easy to set up
  • Recording function
  • Amazing sound quality
  • Lots of features
  • Many software integrations
  • Weak free plan
  • Poor audio quality
  • 24-hour meeting limit expires in July 2021
  • Occasional bandwidth issues
  • Spotty connectivity
  • No gallery view for guests
  • Steep learning curve
  • Unsophisticated chat function
  • Hard to use outside of Chrome
  • Connectivity issues without update
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Duncan is an Australian-born writer for Tech.Co. His articles focus on software that allows small businesses to improve their efficiency or reach, with an emphasis on email marketing or accounting. In his free time, Duncan loves to deconstruct video games.

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