Given the advent of remote work and leading people at distance, what new problems planning and coordinating with others is your organization dealing with that are not fully solved by your current calendaring systems?

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ISSO and Director of the IRU in Healthcare and Biotech, 10,001+ employees
We function the same as we did on-site there is no difference we already had all the tools in place. If someone calls my office it calls my computer or work cell. We have seamlessly integrated and been preparing for events like this for years.
VP IT (CIO role) in Healthcare and Biotech, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
I don't see it a tool/calendaring challenge, it is the dynamic of interactions and interactive collaboration that is suffering in our current setup. There is only so much you can replicate using remote collaboration tools.
Director of Information Technology in Education, 201 - 500 employees
We've actually adjusted quite well.  We are using O365 and Teams for administrative work - Teams just integrates so well with Outlook.

On the teaching side of things, we've been using Canvas for grades 7-12, and Google Classrooms for grades K-6 (yes, even the Kindergarten kids are online).

We've also implemented Zoom (we've not had any issues) for our online Board meetings (run as webinars).

So, yeah, no issues here.
Chief Information Officer in Services (non-Government), 51 - 200 employees
We dont have any challenges not currently solved by calendaring systems. The good thing is the integration of the remote video conferencing tools and the ease in moving from a physical room to a virtual conference room because of it.
Director of IT in Education, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
Most of our issues stem from making sure people are actively engaged in their work.  Going from working in an office to working at home can and sometime creates laziness.  The positive side, people are more available and actually multi-task better.  They can be in a Zoom or Team meeting and still respond via chat, etc., making them more productive.
CIO, Senior VP in Finance (non-banking), 1,001 - 5,000 employees
Honestly, it's a capacity problem. Bandwidth just isn't elastic. I need to be able to increase my entry points and bandwidth as needed.  

For my team, the personal relationships they have already forged serve them well. I worry if we can't establish good relationships personally before we have to do this again. 

lastly, despite the increase in usage, most employees have trouble with email, and asking them to attend a meeting or participate in a conference is a challenge.
CIO in Education, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
We've started to look at Bookings as a solution, although don't find its usage seamless. Particularly for students and for confidentiality/compliance reasons, public calendaring isn't always the most effective or compliant solution for us.
COO in Healthcare and Biotech, 5,001 - 10,000 employees
I don’t see it as an issue that needs to be solved for by calendaring systems. Our greatest challenge with planning and coordination comes from people being overworked, from Zoom fatigue, and overall risk of burnout. It is very easy, in fact, to see if someone is not on a Zoom call using the “presence” or availability icons. Which makes it very easy to interrupt someone with a quick Zoom call. (We rarely bother calling each other any longer.)

We are encouraging people to block their calendars and ensure they are taking sufficient time for “self-care” to avoid burnout.
Director, Product Delivery Operations & Program Management Office at Momentive (the makers of SurveyMonkey). Strategic Advisor in Software, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
Like most have said we haven’t encountered any issues with regards to remote work and coordination. The majority of our employees were remote already. We are using a combination of Slack, Zoom, O365 and Calendly, which all serve our needs well.
Senior IT Manager in Government, 10,001+ employees
Calendaring systems per se are not the biggest concern. For the most part, they do what they do and they work well enough for most people. As an IT services provider with a helpdesk, perhaps more seamless integration into our helpdesk (so you could schedule call backs, on line help sessions, and the like) would be nice - but I suspect that's already out there, we're just not implementing it (yet).

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Without a doubt - Technical Debt! It's a ball and chain that creates an ever increasing drag on any organization, stifles innovation, and prevents transformation.
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