Calendly Bolsters Vision for Supporting the Flexible Workforce with Meeting Polls
New tool gives users the ability to vote on preferred meeting times to make multi-person scheduling convenient and collaborative – without the ads
As part of its vision to offer workers more meeting tools to conveniently connect and collaborate, Calendly, the modern scheduling platform for high-performing teams and individuals, today introduced Meeting Polls, a new all-in-one tool giving users the ability to poll and vote on preferred meeting times. Users can poll attendees outside or within their organization to easily identify the most popular time to meet while accommodating personal preferences and time zones when scheduling with three or more people.
“We’re building for the distributed workforce, and we couldn’t be more excited to roll this out to users at such a pivotal moment as a solution to a challenge we’ve all faced.”
Current scheduling processes are manual, entail sending multiple emails back and forth, and often don’t account for time zones and personal preferences. The more people added to an invite, the more complicated scheduling becomes. With people working across more time zones than ever before and the rise of asynchronous work causing a shift in “normal” hours, Meeting Polls means both hosts and invitees can collaborate and communicate over their availability. Hosts are more informed and have visibility into when invitees prefer to meet to make a quick educated decision when scheduling directly within the Calendly platform.
“Meeting Polls gives our users the flexibility and power to manage their time as both a host and an invitee – it’s all about finding mutual availability among multiple people in a hassle-free way,” said Srinivas Somayajula, head of product operations at Calendly. “We’re building for the distributed workforce, and we couldn’t be more excited to roll this out to users at such a pivotal moment as a solution to a challenge we’ve all faced.”
In a survey led by Calendly, 63% of customers said finding the best time for a group to meet was their most critical need when it came to scheduling; 80% said they don’t currently have a tool to help them solve this challenge.
“Hybrid work and everything that it touches is being refined and reinvented these days so it’s only natural we sought out a new way to provide two-way insight into meeting availability preferences in the most efficient way possible,” said Tope Awotona, founder and CEO of Calendly. “Meeting Polls simplifies cross-organizational collaboration, productivity, and scheduling as more workers look to protect their time and apply it meaningfully from wherever they call the office.”