Calendar Courtesy

Times have changed on managing calendars. In the olden days you either called a person or your administrative assistant talked to their administrative assistant and together an appointment was setup. Now you send invites from your iPhone or your Google Calendar and they receive a structured email message that has details about the meeting. The receiver can usually do any of the following:

  1. Respond to the invite and accept the invitation. Usually the person who invited will get an acknowledgement message back showing acceptance. Some calendar systems can be set to accept invites automatically but I’m not sure how that would work in the real world.
  2. Respond to the invite and decline the invitation. Usually the person who invited will get a decline message. Some email systems will allow you to auto-decline invites (Google Calendar).
  3. Ignore the invite.

That last option can result in lots of different things happening. In most cases, the person who invited you to connect has no idea whether the meeting is going to take place. They don’t know if you’ve accepted or declined or died or gone on a trip to Alaska. In the olden days admins would talk on the phone and setup the meeting or you’d talk to the person directly on the phone and know whether the meeting will happen. With today’s fast paced tools and connected, automated, rule-based everything if you ignore the invite the other end of the party has no idea what you are doing.

Do the world a favor. Be courteous and accept or decline the invite. And if you accept, show up. And if you are going to show up, then show up on time.

That is all. You may return to your regularly scheduled programming.

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