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The Workplace Analytics team is excited to announce our feature updates for November (see past blog articles here). This month, you’ll learn about our makeover of the Meeting exclusion rules feature.

 

In the past, building custom meeting exclusion rules took much time and effort, but as of this month, it has been streamlined significantly.

Here are the changes:

 

  • The process of building meeting exclusion rules has become a guided flow. As you walk through an industry-tested set of heuristics for excluding non-work-related meetings, you'll see the cumulative impact of the exclusions and customizations that you are making to your rule:

 

1. Summary of meetings.png

 

  • We provide a suggested default exclusion rule that you can apply. Alternatively, you can create custom rules by using word clouds, tables, and keyword searches. These controls were designed to help you understand what topics and phrases appear most often in your meetings so that you can fine-tune your meeting exclusions:

 

2. Identify exceptions.png

 

 

To create a custom meeting exclusion rule

  1. In Workplace Analytics, select Queries and then Meeting exclusions.
  2. On the right side of the page, select Add exclusion. This opens the Queries > Meeting exclusions > New meeting exclusion page. Type a name and a description for your new exclusion rule.

This starts the flow of steps in which you author your new rule by defining exclusions for these categories of meetings:

  • Cancelled meetings
  • Appointments
  • Large meetings
  • Long meetings
  • Meetings to exclude by topic

For more information, including a step-by-step walkthrough, see Meeting exclusion rules.

 

Note: All rules built with the previous meeting exclusions feature can still be used in Workplace Analytics Queries or set as the preferred rule in Explore and Solutions. These rules can be viewed, but they cannot be edited or duplicated.

 

Learn more about Workplace Analytics on our product page and read about our work with customers at insights.office.com. Get personal insights with MyAnalytics

 

 

5 Comments
Senior Member

Hi Nathan,
thanks for sharing this and good to see the progress even on the configuration UX. Can you touch on the language capabilities of your heuristics? I suspect it is restricted to English for now? 

Regards,

Martin 

Microsoft

Hi Martin,

 

In addition to English, Workplace Analytics can support both a Japanese and French interface. We also support analysis of other languages. You can read details here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/Workplace-Analytics/use/faq#language-support

 

Let us know if you have any additional questions! 

 

Nate

Senior Member

Thanks Nate, 


This information is sufficient at the moment.

I was just evaluating if WpA is already suitable for the DACH market (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) – both regarding technology and localized go to market / consulting support. You are probably aware that companies in this region are a bit more cautious when it comes to people analytics tools as GDPR and the workers council create additional adoption barriers.
Do you know of any WpA experts in Germany who might be familiar with the concerns of the DACH customer base?

 

Thanks,
Martin

Microsoft

Hi Martin,

 

Workplace Analytics does meet compliance requirements for the DACH market and we have both sales and consulting support in the region. As you mentioned, we're conscious of the GDPR and workers council considerations in the area and have invested a lot of time in addressing customer concerns and developing structured programs to work through the compliance and privacy regulations in partnership with customers. You can find content that addresses these issues in our online documentation here. And don't hesitate to reach out with additional questions. Happy to help!

 

Nate

Senior Member

Thanks Nate,

This documentation is indeed helpful. I don't want to sound overly pessimistic since I see a huge potential for WpA but it will need some solid success stories with some “old fashioned” brands in the DACH market to move the needle. So, I’ll keep an eye on your list of customers to see if anything familiar shows up 😊

 

Thanks again and keep up the good work,
Martin