Approvals are an important part of serving on the Board. OnBoard gives you the ability to create an Approval and capture votes instantly. To create an approval, click on the Actions tab in the main navigation panel, ensure you're viewing the Approvals tab, and click Create in the top right corner of the screen.
Creating a New Approval
As indicated above, simply click the Add button on the Approvals tab. Once this is complete, a new Approval action will be generated for you to begin populating. Your Approval will stay in draft status until you "open the Approval." You may edit the Approval as needed up until it becomes live.
Important: When filling out the Start/End Dates, keep in mind that these fields are completely optional. Filling them in means that OnBoard will automatically Open and Close the Approval action when these dates and times roll around. If you'd prefer to trigger these status changes manually instead, just leave these fields blank and use the Status dropdown menu to move the Approval forward in its lifecycle.
Setting Results Display
When setting up your vote, you have a few different options for displaying results. Begin by clicking Configure in the Approval Results Section of the details page. Select either “Results Visible to Voters” or “Results Visible to Admins”. You can then pick if you wish to provide a graphical and/or roll call view. Be sure to save your changes! Keep in mind, that the Roll Call option will display every participant’s name and the vote they cast. You also have the option to give voters the ability to post comments directly on the Approval.
Adding Voters to an Approval
Now that you have entered the details, you need to add your voters. Adding users can be done by Group or individual user. Like with the other permissions within OnBoard, the individual permission will override the group permission. Click “Manage Voters” in the Permissions panel. Click the + icon next to any group or user to add them as a voter, then click the Voter permission in blue to further customize the permission. Voters will receive an email notification that an Approval is ready for them once the Approval has been marked as Opened. You can find a description of each permission in the Master OnBoard Permissions List section of this guide.
You may add voters to the Approval at any time before it "closes," however, voters added after it opens will not receive an email notification and will need to be notified personally.
Adding Commenter to an Approval
The "Commenter" permission type allows users to view and participate in discussions but restricts them from voting. This permission helps in the use case in which there may be a subject matter expert who needs to participate in the approval discussion, but are unable to cast a vote.
Opening an Approval
Once all of the Approval’s details have been locked in, the Approval is ready to be opened for voting. This can be done two different ways. If you wish to open the vote immediately, so that the voters may begin casting their votes right away, simply open the Status dropdown menu at the top of the Approval Details page, and click Open Approval
Alternatively, you can set an Approval to open automatically by entering a value into the Start Date field. Once the date and time entered into this field become current, the Approval will automatically open, alert the voters, and begin capturing the vote results.
Voting as an Administrator
If your permission has been set to Admin and Voter, you can cast your vote directly from the Cast Vote panel.
Closing an Approval
Once all of your votes have been recorded, you will need to close the Approval. Click on the Close option from the Status dropdown menu. At this point the Approval becomes locked and participants will no longer be able to cast or change votes.
Finalizing an Approval
Once the Approval is closed you can finalize the Approval results by first changing the status to Finalized from the Status dropdown menu. Next, select if the Approval is Passed, Failed, or Tabled as shown below. Once you have made your selection and entered any notes you must then click the Submit button to lock in the finalized details.
Downloading Results of an Approval
Once the vote has been finalized you are able to download the results via a Word document. This document will include the eSignatures of each user, if you’ve chosen to enable the “Require Signature” feature for this Approval.