Posted on 04 March 2021

Top Tip Thursday: Approvals in Microsoft Teams

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Microsoft have launched a new and easy-to-use feature to help with the process of approving work – the aptly named Approvals.

Approvals in Microsoft Teams is ideal for creating, managing and sharing approvals directly from chats and channels within the Teams platform. Whether you need authorization from a manager or need to review collaborative work with your team, Approvals is an ideal feature to help you track and manage your workload. Users are also able to attach files and documents in approval requests, making the feature ideal for streamlining your workflow.

Other uses for the feature could include:

  • Approvals for event attendance
  • Expenses or costs
  • Review of documents or business files
  • Approving hours and leave requests

You have two options when it comes to creating an approval request. You can either

  1. Open your Microsoft chat or channel conversation
  2. create directly from within the Teams Approval app.

You’ll be prompted to complete the request form, including the name of the request, who needs to approve it and attach any additional information including attachments or comments.

Once an approval has been submitted, approvers receive a notification and can quickly act on any requests received. Requests appear in Teams chats and channels and are displayed with an Approvals card which shows users all relevant steps they can take once they click view details.

Users can also track and manage their requests through the Approvals app in Teams alongside submitting any new requests.

To see Approvals in action, take a look at our Training Videos page here where we show you how to use the feature alongside the latest Teams tips, tricks and more!

For more information on how to use Approvals or anything else Teams related, drop us a message at [email protected] and we’ll be happy to help!