Aug 22 2019 09:49 AM
Aug 22 2019 09:49 AM
Is there a way to make service available date/times dependent on multiple staff members' schedules instead of 1 person?
We have 2 staff members setup in Microsoft Booking
Both staff members have a checkmark next to 'Events on Office 365 calendar affect availability'
On the Booking Page:
We setup a service setup so customers can't select individual staff members. I assumed that meant that it would depend on both of the staff members. But when people try to schedule events, it seems on only look at 1 of the staff member calendars instead of 2 staff members to check if they are both available.
I hope that makes sense!
Apr 30 2020 11:37 AM
@ascquestions I'm having the same issue. Seems to only look at one staff member's availability when multiple staff are selected.
Apr 30 2020 12:09 PM
@ascquestions Have you checked that the view permissions of the two staff members' Outlook calendars allow 'Default' to view free/busy information? If the staff members have set permissions that don't show free/busy information, Bookings can't pull it and will therefore ignore that calendar.
Apr 30 2020 12:40 PM
@Kreera House I appreciate the response! I did check that out and they've granted full visibility. I can see their calendars in Bookings. For some reason, availability across the calendars isn't represented in available bookings for multiple staff under one booking.
Apr 30 2020 04:15 PM
@Kreera House thank you for responding. both of the user calendars are available for organization to view free/busy.
May 01 2020 02:58 AM
@jttran74 You're welcome. You may want to unassign the two staff members from the specific service(s) and then reassign them. Maybe even remove them completely from the site's staff list and re-add them.
Bookings should take the availability of all of the assigned staff members into consideration, not just one of them, so that meetings can be assigned to all assigned staff based on their availability.
Jun 01 2020 04:19 PM
@ascquestions I also have this question and wondering if this solution works for you: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-bookings/solution-multiple-staff-members-all-assign...
Jun 02 2020 05:34 AM
@tayahl Great suggestion. Unfortunately, it doesn't work for me as it can't detect individuals' availability.
Mar 19 2021 01:12 AM
Mar 19 2021 07:45 AM
@CommGuy725 Unfortunately no. I completely abandoned Bookings after finding no luck.
Sep 08 2021 05:10 AM
@ascquestions Same issue here... It doesn't look at a 'teams' collective availability when including two or more people. Frustrating that a somewhat obvious feature and an easy logic code hasn't been included.
Oct 07 2021 10:59 AM
Oct 07 2021 11:01 AM - edited Oct 07 2021 12:54 PM
For what it is worth, here is what I have discovered as of 10/7/2021. When you create a “Service(s)” in Bookings, the application views it much like a haircut. So if a haircut takes 30 minutes and you have five people added as assigned staff for that service, it presents to the “Customer(s)” availability of any of those five staff members to perform the 30 minute haircut. The application does not take into consideration that all five staff members may be required simultaneously for the haircut. This would be a nice, and I assume fairly obvious feature that should be added to the services page.
In my particular use case, I am trying to display my availability in conjunction with my team members so that external Customers can book consultation meetings with me and my team. Unfortunately if I have a prior obligation but one of my team members is free, it shows the Customer that the time block is free. You can test these assumptions out by adding and removing people from Services and monitoring how the availability changes.
Want to see this product enhanced? While inside the bookings application, go to the help section (?) and click on “Give feedback.” Type something to the effect of…
On the “Services” section of Microsoft Bookings, please add a toggle button that requires all “Assigned staff” for that service have calendar availability before Customers time slots are presented as available to a customer. Currently Customers can select a timeslot if any given member of the Service’s assigned staff are available.”
Jan 31 2022 06:48 AM - edited Jan 31 2022 06:54 AM
CRITICAL LIMITATION IN AN OTHERWISE EXCELLENT APP
I have observed the same problem. It looks like it uses assigned users as an inventory of options. This is great in some cases. But in others, a COMBINATION of resources is required. Another good example of this would be a conference room that's required. They should specify resources as "Required" or "Selectable" meaning pick at least one selection. Anything required would be require availability on the calendar. Anything Selectable would make a slot available it at least one of the selectable options was available. As a bonus they could have "Optional" resources which are not needed at all but which could be added if available.
Mar 28 2022 09:42 AM
Jun 14 2022 04:00 AM
Hi I wonder if there's been any more movement on this?
I want to myself and a colleague to be bookable for a single slot. This means Bookings needs to see/understand our availability and block off times accordingly for busy slots.
Jun 14 2022 02:31 PM
Jun 28 2022 11:33 AM
I'm also trying to implement this functionality. I hope some decade Microsoft will deliver this feature set. :)
Sep 20 2022 03:03 PM - edited Sep 20 2022 03:04 PM
According to the O365 roadmap, this functionality will be released to "general availability" in Oct 2022. Entry was last updated on Sept 13. Fingers crossed. - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters=&searchterms=bookings%2Cmulti-staff
Sep 21 2022 08:46 AM
@saucepolicy - Thanks for letting us all know! Great news!! I LOVE bookings but this has been a real obstacle to adoption. I can hardly wait. I want it yesterday! :)