Approvals on the Microsoft 365 platform really is a great way to handle approvals in a simple way. Out of the box it allows people to send approval requests to one or more people. The approvers can approve or reject the request and log comments. A history is available for future reference.
One of the things I really like about where Microsoft is taking functions like Approvals is that people can access these in different ways. Prefer email? No worries. Want a direct interaction in MS Teams? Easy. Prefer a portal that lists these? Choose between the app in Teams or the Power Automate portal.
In this small series of blog posts I want to focus on three areas:
This is an easy one that I recommend playing around with internally.
Note: Some organisations do not enable Approvals in MS Teams, if this is the case and you want to trial the function, talk to your IT Administrators. Also, feel free to reach out if you would like to engage us in exploring the use of Approvals in your organisation.
Open a chat with the person you will be sending the approval to. Click the approval icon in the chat to bring up the new approval form.
Now you will see that you have a request awaiting approval.
The process for an approver is very simple.
For the requests that come through in MS Teams they can:
Pretty simple, right? We will look at other options for handling approvals in another post.
This has been a very quick overview of some basic aspects of approvals. With some thought, many organisations may find a place for Approvals that improves the experience for everyone.
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