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Approvals v2: Delegate approvals

It would be helpful to be able to select one or more person(s) where you can delegate approvals to. For people on vacation it would be very handy to select someone to take care of their approvals when they are on vacation. 

Status: Under Review

Thanks for the suggestion, this is a good idea.

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Advocate II

I need this too. The 'approvals' action is hampered by a few small items - lack of delegates, lack of triggers to end the approval (say, after 5 days).

There are workarounds for both.

Delegates - you can assign the flow to multiple people (one of them being a generic account such as an admin who can login to approve stuck approvals).

End Approval - can write a parallel flow to expire in, say, 5 days. But even this has limits as you can't add parallel flows inside loops/switch statements.

Regular Visitor

This would be another welcome feature of Flow Approvals serving many corprate scenarios.

 

It also intersects with another similar idea "Approvals - ability to turn off reassignment"

Power Automate
Status changed to: Under Review

Thanks for the suggestion, this is a good idea.

Regular Visitor

It would be great if this can be set by an admin as well (in case the approver has forgotten).

 

I do hope this gets implemented soon. It would save us a lot of work of finding a workaround for this.

Advocate IV

THIS IS CRITICAL FOR ME AND MY HUUUUGE COMPANY!!! Sorry for all the caps but it's huge. Please implement ASAP - Thank you Smiley Happy

Advocate II

Also having issues when a Manager takes leave, in addition to the ideas above, allowing an admin to redirect would be a good fail safe feature.

Advocate II

To be very honest - this is a feature that Nintex had for ages. Many of us are looking for this kind of functionalities in Flows in our quest to replace Nintex with something more modern. 

 

The fact that such a request is unanswered for 2 years... not cool Microsoft.

Advocate IV

It might be even better if there was some type of "Admin" function where someone like me, the person who writes all the Flows, can set up this delegation for my end-users. I make this suggestion because a huge percentage of end-users are NOT that great with technology.  In my case, I'd have to visit every one of my approvers and set it up for them.

Advocate II

Come on Microsoft! Please deliver this otherwise the approval has a serious usability issue!

Advocate II

Seriously thinking of throwing this product in the bin and going for a solution like Nintex because of this issue. It's just embarrassing that I have explain to colleagues "you submitted an approval but your Manager's on leave? Yeah sorry, nothing we can do". Why has Microsoft been so silent on this issue?