time delay post
It is late on Friday and I would like my staff to get a non-urgent message when they get to work on Monday morning. If I wait to post it, I might forget. If the message was urgent, I'd want it to go through.
It is just a must-have!
JF Amprimoz commented
This seems to be an obvious productivity enhancing move to reduce the interruption factor like this.
Think of how much more we'd all get done if we only got crucial time sensitive messages when we are busy, but anything else was deferred until we were available.
UI wise, this starts with the ability to opt in to sending a non interrupting message, as the new feature. As time goes on, I'd think a lot of orgs would rather have the default be non-interrupting, with users having to think twice about if something warrants interrupting the recipient.
Being able to chat real time is great, but when that isn't needed, it's a huge productivity and morale drain to be getting messages at times you can't deal with them anyway.
On the other end, someone going the extra mile to help out and trying to get stuff done late or on the weekend now has to decide if they want to just send and cross fingers other folks have their notifications off at that time, or fire up the desktop version of outlook and schedule an email.
In under a minute I found these other threads asking for message delay or scheduling functions:
Adam Hutchins commented
Fully agree with previous comments - this is a vital feature to add to Teams and one that will help immensely.
An addition/alternative could be the ability to set a reminder, perhaps with the ability to tag members in that reminder.
Agree that this feature is something that would be greatly valued in our organization. As we move to teams there can be a lot of back and forth on comment threads at all hours depending on individual work schedules. Being able to work at night without triggering a long exchange or having team members feeling they're missing out would reduce stress and promote work-life balance.
This feature would be very helpful in my company, where about half of us have back-to-back meetings that the other half do not want to distract from. To be specific about what would be helpful for us:
1. Be able to set a hold on my sent message until the recipients (1:1 or individual members of a Team) have their statuses revert to their available.
2. Be able to turn the above behavior on or off via both a one-time button in the toolbar below the text entry field or with a default behavior configurator.
3. Be able to configure this setting to only apply when users' statuses have been automatically changed to busy by Outlook) and still go through immediately when they have permanently set it to "Busy" or "Away," (etc.), or to set it to delay regardless of whether "Busy" (etc.) was set manually.
Ryan Green commented
I was just searching, hoping this feature was already built in and I've just missed it, but instead found this. This feature would be very helpful! I tend to work in the evenings and want to send messages to staff when it is top of mind but wish I could do it without bothering them. Sure email can do this but email is so heavy and outdated for simple internal reminders etc, that's why teams exists right :)
Scott Spiro commented
Definitely on board with this suggestion.
Totally agree with this. I get to work earlier than my direct reports so I like to have the ability to type chats when I'm starting the day, but don't want to bother them until they get to work. So, if I could have a delay sending until X:XX (e.g., 9:00) that would be great.
Gabriel Smoljár commented
This is one of the features from Outlook that I miss the most. It would be better than Outlook if the delay was server side and not client side like in Outlook.