Because meetings are investments, make them count.
In this article we cover the core concepts of the extension:
Motivation for the Meeting Cost extension
Installation of the Meeting Cost extension
Usage of the extension in Google Calendar™
Uninstalling the extension
Why Meeting Cost for Google Calendar™?
Meetings can either catalyze productivity or become a drain on resources. Empower your meeting organizers with factual clarity on estimated meeting costs using Flowtrace's Chrome extension.
Our extension integrates with the rest of the Flowtrace Meeting Analytics ecosystem to provide accurate cost estimates for direct and group-invited meetings. Simply log in using your Google account to use your customized organizational cost configuration.
Experience the transformative impact of cost transparency. By providing tangible estimates on meeting costs, our tool ensures your team is aware of the time and financial implications of meetings. This awareness encourages a mindful approach to scheduling, potentially saving your organization significant resources.
Installing Meeting Cost for Google Calendar™
We have made it easy to install the extension to individuals, or whole organizations.
The extension is available from Chrome Extension Webstore and can be installed by anyone. The link to the extension is here: Meeting Cost for Google Calendar.
Google Workspace administrators have the option to install the extension to their Workspace user Chrome profiles, and this is the mechanism you can use to install the extension across the team.
You should navigate to Devices -> Chrome -> Apps and extensions -> Users and Browsers
From this screen you can install new extension using "Add from Chrome Web Store" and finding "Meeting Cost for Google Calendar". To complete the installation, select Installation Policy "Force Install" and click SAVE in the top corner of the screen.
Using Meeting Cost for Google Calendar™
The extension has 3 main modes of operation: unauthenticated, authenticated free, and authenticated premium. To utilize organization cost settings configured in Flowtrace, your users need to authenticate and verify their identity before we can use the salary and working time configuration securely in your paid account.
Free & unauthenticated operation
Unauthenticated operation uses default meeting cost configuration to arrive at an estimate and is based on USD. The meeting cost values are derived from the average hours worked in the tech industry and the average salary in the tech industry.
Free or premium & authenticated operation
The authenticated operation uses default meeting cost configuration to arrive at an estimate and is based on your timezone-defined country and currency combination. The meeting cost values are derived from average hours worked in the tech industry and average salary in the tech industry (these averages are based on your country if the information is available).
Premium & centrally managed operation
Centrally authenticated operation uses the meeting cost configuration your organization has configured in the Flowtrace platform and secures this with managed key you deploy to your managed Chrome Browsers. The security, and the estimates are the most accurate reflection of meeting costs when your user's don't need to login or configure the tool themselves. Contact your account manager for information how to deploy the security configuration for your centrally managed Chrome browsers.
You can configure cost estimates in Flowtrace -> Settings -> Account Settings
Uninstalling the Extension
Uninstalling the meeting cost extension is easy, and it depends on how you installed it in the first place.
For individual installation, navigate to your Chrome browser's extension settings and select "Remove" next to Meeting Cost for Google Calendar™.
For organization-wide installation: you need a Google Workspace administrator to uninstall the extension from the Google Workspace Admin portal.