HubSpot Ideas

Arne

HubSpot User is Out of Office

We have quite a number of workflows in HubSpot that classify, notify, assign tasks and owners.

If such users are out of office, processes get stuck in the dead end waiting for the users to eg come back from vacation.

We are using rotation in some cases to make sure that eg an initial follow up still takes place by a team member even if the initial user didn’t react in time.

We also added delays of 1 day to make sure the initially selected users had the opportunity to work on a task.

After that delay a rotation takes place.

Bad enough that the first user was out of office, the next that received the task via rotation was OoO as well.

We cannot delay and rotate again and again until we finally find one that actually works on the follow up action.

Please add an option where users (and as a fallback the team lead/delegate) can set themselves Out of Office and define their delegate to make sure that important workflows don‘t get stuck due to absence or at least get delayed by several days until rotation finally found a user.

It’s needed fast, ie before summer vacations start everywhere.
HubSpot Updates
April 09, 2024 05:53 AM

You make a good point, @Arne. Let me chat with the Automations team and see where we want to go from here 🙂 

April 09, 2024 05:24 AM

Hey, folx! User Working Hours are rolling out across portals and should be fully live for you by 04/11. If you would like to get the feature early, reach out to your CSM and we can get you unlocked.

 

We are also working on User Out of Office, and look to deliver that in Summer 2024 for Help desk and Inboxes. If you have need for workflows' 'rotate owner' action to understand and route based on user availability or out of office, then please talk with your CSM or spin up an additional idea forum post just for workflows. Given the many use cases in this post that span multiple products, we won't hold the request open until every last one is served. We will consider this request delivered once we have out of office for help desk and inbox. If you have additional needs outside of help desk and inbox, please open a request on a specific product (workflows) or specific product area (Sales Hub) so that product group can prioritize accordingly.

February 22, 2024 04:19 AM

Do you know if this feature will be available to use in "rotate record" steps in workflows? Our specific use case is contact owner and/or deal assignment. We route them based on who is available and working that day so the leads can be followed up with promptly.

 

@laurabren Not at this time. We're discussing with the workflows team, but I don't have a timeline.

February 21, 2024 05:28 AM

Good morning, everyone! We are working on building out user working hours, and you can learn more about the upcoming feature here. We anticipate this feature being available for beta in March. At this time, the main focus is conversation or ticket routing and scheduled meetings. Our next priority is to add out of office as well, and that will come later in 2024.

In Planning
November 13, 2023 06:14 AM

98 Replies
MKnoedgen
Contributor

Absolutely mandatory feature for us as well. Imagine a client does not get a reply, only because the first team member who replied to their request is now on holiday. We need a TRUE availability management, not only for chat but for the whole system.

 

I suggest, implementing the availability as a workflow trigger so we can do whatever we want with it. If I were to configure what to do with an open ticket or task if the owner sets themselves to "away", the problem would be solved.

03874
Participant

To be totally honest here. this wasn't an issue until we started rotating owner so we could assign new leads evenly among the BDR team. 

 

Not having this is a pretty big problem and renders alot of those lead distribution tools almost useless. 

jdemello
HubSpot Product Team
 
mphenderson
Member

Yes, love this idea!

 

I am very exicted to see this is in Hubspot's planning stage now.

 

One other way we'd like to use this feature is for marketing emails. Right now, if an email is automated to come from Jessica, but it is a marketing email, and someone responds to that email, we can't see their response until Jessica is back in office. I posted a bit more about this here.

snatter
Participant

+1, I am happy to see this is "in planning" now!

Suzanne33
Participant

Oh wow! This would be great! Then, it could potentially assign a task to a different User? Hmmm... I like this!

PoldiEversports
Member

We would also urgently use this function please!

AlaynaNelson
Member

Have a similar issue - once tickets get assigend from the conversations inbox, the person who is assigned is the primary responder to the emails. Our tickets stay open for quite a while and our team does not use personal emails to reply, they continue to use the shared email address. It would be great if the user could set themselves as OOO so that future tickets don't get assigned to them, but also so auto responder OOO notifications can go out when people reply to email threads that are already assigned to them. Since the email is shared across multiple people, it is rare that they would all be OOO at the same time, which is why we wouldn't want a blanket OOO email going out. It only should go out for the person who is OOO even though they all use the same email. This will help clients know what to expect for a turn around time. Hope we can see this happen soon!

KChristophe
Member

Love the topic and think it should really be a priority - here's another similar proposal I had which might help! I see it's in planning - but what is the timeline for it?

https://community.hubspot.com/t5/HubSpot-Ideas/Implementing-an-quot-Out-of-Office-quot-Indicator-to-...

Yeniffer
Participant

This is almost 5 years old, it is not yet an option in Husbpot I hope they can implement it soon since it is quite useful and necessary 

https://community.hubspot.com/t5/HubSpot-Ideas/Autoresponder-on-conversations-inbox/idi-p/303643 

jdemello
HubSpot Product Team

Good morning, everyone! We are working on building out user working hours, and you can learn more about the upcoming feature here. We anticipate this feature being available for beta in March. At this time, the main focus is conversation or ticket routing and scheduled meetings. Our next priority is to add out of office as well, and that will come later in 2024.

laurabren
Contributor
@jdemello wrote:
Good morning, everyone! We are working on building out user working hours, and you can learn more about the upcoming feature here. We anticipate this feature being available for beta in March. At this time, the main focus is conversation or ticket routing and scheduled meetings. Our next priority is to add out of office as well, and that will come later in 2024.


@jdemello thank you for the update! Do you know if this feature will be available to use in "rotate record" steps in workflows? Our specific use case is contact owner and/or deal assignment. We route them based on who is available and working that day so the leads can be followed up with promptly.

jdemello
HubSpot Product Team
Do you know if this feature will be available to use in "rotate record" steps in workflows? Our specific use case is contact owner and/or deal assignment. We route them based on who is available and working that day so the leads can be followed up with promptly.

 

@laurabren Not at this time. We're discussing with the workflows team, but I don't have a timeline.

HanzWil
Member

Is this idea still active? I can't find it anymore in the product updates section.

marihansen87
Member

is this live yet?

jdemello
HubSpot Product Team

Hey, folx! User Working Hours are rolling out across portals and should be fully live for you by 04/11. If you would like to get the feature early, reach out to your CSM and we can get you unlocked.

 

We are also working on User Out of Office, and look to deliver that in Summer 2024 for Help desk and Inboxes. If you have need for workflows' 'rotate owner' action to understand and route based on user availability or out of office, then please talk with your CSM or spin up an additional idea forum post just for workflows. Given the many use cases in this post that span multiple products, we won't hold the request open until every last one is served. We will consider this request delivered once we have out of office for help desk and inbox. If you have additional needs outside of help desk and inbox, please open a request on a specific product (workflows) or specific product area (Sales Hub) so that product group can prioritize accordingly.

Arne
Top Contributor
Hello Team Hubspot,

Would it please be possible to deliver to my initial request from 2019 first.
I don´t see me writing this initial request as "another idea" in another section. I am sure you understand that after waiting for such a critical feature for almost 5 years.

I have not been asking for helpdesk or inbox features but for workflow-based rotation to make sure OOO-staff doesn´t get assigned e. g. hot leads that just registered via e.g. forms.

Kind regards
Arne

jdemello
HubSpot Product Team

You make a good point, @Arne. Let me chat with the Automations team and see where we want to go from here 🙂