How does Work Hours and Location work in Outlook and Microsoft Teams? Let your team know when and where you plan to work. Show your work hours and whether you plan to work in the office or remotely - Work Hours and Location (WHL). Use this information to plan and make the most of collaborative time in the office.
For those of you who are hybrid workers, we are excited to announce an upcoming feature that will enhance your working experience: the ability to set up your Work Hours and Location (WHL) in Outlook on the web. This upcoming addition will allow you to specify exactly when you'll be working remotely and when you'll be in the office. The integration is due to go live between May and early June of 2023.
This change will bring a whole new level of efficiency and transparency to your work environment. Upon successful setup of your WHL in Outlook online, your designated location will automatically be displayed on your Microsoft Teams profile card. This will provide a clear and convenient way for your colleagues to know where you are based at any given time, whether you're tucked away in your home office or stationed at the company's premises.
What makes this new feature particularly interesting is how it influences the operation of 'suggested times' when creating a meeting event in Outlook on the web. We've made this intelligent feature to work in harmony with your WHL settings. Now, the system will consider the WHL of all attendees before proposing possible meeting times. This ensures that the suggested times align with everyone's working hours and location, making the scheduling process smoother and more considerate of everyone's commitments and personal circumstances.
The impact of setting up your WHL is tangible. When your colleagues use the Scheduling Assistant in Outlook on the web, they will instantly see whether you are working from the office or remotely. This information will also be clearly displayed on your Teams profile card, making it straightforward for others to know your current working arrangement.
It's important to note that if you choose not to set up your WHL, nothing will change for you. Your current settings and procedures will remain in place as they are now. We hope this new feature brings an added layer of efficiency and ease to your hybrid working experience. We look forward to seeing it in action soon!
Work Hours and Location (WHL) is a feature in Outlook and Microsoft Teams that allows team members to be aware of each other's work hours and locations. This information can be used to plan and make the most of collaborative time in the office. WHL can be used in Outlook to show split locations and times, and it can be used in Teams to change online status. Additionally, there are tips for using WHL, such as setting clear expectations and communicating changes. By using WHL, team members can easily stay in sync and work together more efficiently.
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