How Do You Create an Approval Process?

Instructions for creating an approval process.


To create an approval process you need to follow the steps listed below. To automate your approval process, you can use workflow automation software to build approval tasks and assign approvers.

Steps for Creating an Approval Process

  1. Identify potential requesters.
  2. Document required information needed to make approval judgement.
  3. Design request form.
  4. Determine potential exceptions and handling procedures.
  5. Identify required approvers (individuals or groups).
  6. Identify backup approvers.
  7. Identify escalation parameters and actions.
  8. Determine appropriate alert and reminder frequency.
  9. Launch approval process.


Approval Process Created with Integrify

Click for Larger (approval process created with Integrify)

This approval process for managing capital expense approvals was created using Integrify's workflow automation software and includes several levels of approval and notifications. In this view of the process, the requester can see the current status of their request, the approval history, and the next approvals in the sequence. This transparency is critical to delivering a quality user experience.

All the data related to the request and any actions taken can be seen in the "Request Detail" screen, which provides a complete information audit trail.

Approval Request Detail
Approval Request Detail

Automating Approvals

Automating the approval process, rather than relying on manual actions like emails, spreadsheets, databases, etc., provides a streamlined, efficient, and fully auditable method for approval management. Here are some resources to help you discover the benefits of approval automation:

If you'd like to learn more or see a demonstration of our approval management software, schedule a demonstration anytime.

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