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2080721 - Include Previous and Current Manager in Workflow Approval When Manager is Changed - EC


  • This article explains how to send a workflow approval to both the previous and new manager for approval, if the manager or job relationship changes for an employee
  • How to configure a workflow to ask for approval from both the previous manager and current manager, when making a change to the Manager related to the employee via Manager Self-Service

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  • SAP SuccessFactors HCM Suite
  • Employee Central


  • When configuring a workflow for Manager Change (For example, you are able to set an approver that is to be used at each step)
  • Define which manager should approve the transaction, be it the previous manager, the new manager, or both.
  • To do this, navigate to Admin Tools > Manage Organisation, Pay and Job Structures > select the Workflow in question and add the Manager role approvers.
  • Then set the “Context” of each of the approvers.
  • If the workflow includes a change for the selected manager role, then specify whether the old or new manager approves the transaction (or both if the same role was added twice).
  • When the transaction that requires an approval implies a manager change, the context allows you to determine which manager has to approve the transaction
    • Source (the initial manager)
    • Target (the new manager)



  • Caveat Example:
    • Make a change to Employee Data that triggers a workflow which is for a non-manager element such as Compensation Information
      • Not a Manager Change
    • This change is on a future Effective Date
    • On the Same Effective Date, there is also a Manager Change as a separate transaction
  • Result:
    • The Workflow will route to the Current (Source) manager for the Employee, regardless of Context in Workflow
    • This is because the Manager Field is not being validated as apart of the workflow, so the system is unable to trigger to the "Target" Manager


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