The Google Suite, known as G Suite since its inception, was renamed Workspace late last year – not to be confused with Facebook’s Workplace. Apart from a new name, nothing was in sight as the competing services at Zoom or Microsoft expanded. Regardless, Google presents new features for Workspace.
All of these new functions are aimed at aligning the skills of employees regardless of where they work. A term often comes up in the communicates by Google Workspace: Fairness. “We are particularly interested in what we call collaborative equity, or the ability to contribute regardless of location, role, level of experience, language and preferred device,” said Javier Soltero, CEO of Google Workspace.
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Finally, Google Assistant linked to Workspace
As of now, users can send requests to the Google Assistant to access professional information. Whether it’s the daily calendar, sending a message to a colleague or starting a meeting in Google Meet, some settings can be done directly from the wizard window.
To get to know Alexa for Business, Mountain View announced compatibility with speakers and connected screens, regardless of whether they were made by Google or not.
Google Calendar: Better management of professional and personal time
Hard to deny, the generalization of teleworking, then the reopening of schools but not offices, not to mention the introduction of a curfew … the management of the distribution of work and family life has broken out. The organization of work has become complex, and Google offers managers and employees new functions in the calendar.
The two main elements concern the organization of working time. On the one hand, it will be possible to segment the working hours, for example with a long exposure at noon, an hour to pick up the children from school, and then early in the morning and / or late in the evening. On the other hand, Google Workspace has provided a section for marking recurring absences. In addition, a new type of event arises: focus time. You can block a time window during which the user will receive fewer notifications. All of this only enables greater transparency between the employee and the manager.
On the image provided by Google, we can see a new interface in Google Calendar on the right. The “findings” presented enable the user to better read and understand the organization of his work. Finally, the Set Goal button should allow for greater control over the time spent on meetings or focusing on moments.
Google Meet adapts to the second screen
Finally ! For Google Meet, the company begins developing multi-screen experiences. This novelty follows the recent introduction of video conferencing kits developed by Google and partners such as Lenovo, Acer, Asus and Logitech. So when a call is made on the device, a person can manage from another device and / or other parts like chat, polls or questions and answers.
For those who join a meeting on their smartphone, regardless of screen size, Google Workspace has considered a cleaner user interface.
This should facilitate collaboration and transparency between and within teams. There is one more thing to identify or guess in these announcements: How can one manifest fairness?