While back-to-back meetings have become a hallmark of the pandemic era, our recent research proves that even small breaks between meetings can have a positive impact on our stress levels and our ability to focus and engage in meetings.
New settings in Microsoft Outlook make it easy to automatically carve out these essential breaks between back-to-backs – and because we know that one size does not fit all, companies have two options.
The organization-wide setting can be deployed by company administrators using PowerShell.
Administrators can set the meetings in their organization to start late or end early automatically, determining if the break happens at the beginning or end of meetings. From there, a company can also apply different settings to different meeting lengths – 60 minutes and over or under 60 minutes. For example, you can make all meetings under 60 minutes start late with a five minute break and all meetings 60 minutes or over start late with a 10-minute break.
Because we know flexibility is important, once the setting is deployed at the organization level, it is easy for individuals to adjust the setting for their needs – for individual meetings, or all meetings they schedule – by following these instructions.
How does it work?
Once the PowerShell cmdlet has been enabled, the following will happen:
How do I enable this?
For our main Microsoft Exchange Online PowerShell documentation, please go here. You can also follow the instructions below.
Admins can set the default settings for shortened events using Set-OrganizationConfig.
Set-OrganizationConfig -ShortenEventScopeDefault 2 (this uses the default length)
Note: Admins can see the current value of the settings using Get-OrganizationConfig cmdlet.
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