Title: Alternate Manager Approvers in Unanet
Unanet allows users to become alternate managers for other users in the system. Alternates can be short-term (i.e., for a manager who is on vacation) or longer-term, when serving an administrative function (i.e., payroll administrator). Alternates can perform work on behalf of others. When reviews are enabled in the system, the alternate workflow can be a component of a DCAA compliant time keeping process.
What’s covered in this document:
How to designate a long-term alternate as an Admin
Step 1: Review your Unanet System properties to see restrictions on alternates.
Logged in as an Administrator, go to Admin > Properties > Unanet > Access/Permissions > Alternate Settings. If non-managers or non-employees are restricted from becoming alternates, they will not show as available alternates in the subsequent steps.
Step 2: Logged in as an Administrator or HR Administrator, go to the People dashboard and edit the person for which you would like to assign an alternate. Once inside their profile, click Alternates from the left menu.
Step 3: Depending on how your system properties were configured in Step 1, search for available alternates in the left, select the role(s) you would like them to perform, and move them to the right, and lick Save. You have designated a long-term alternate.
How to designate a long-term alternate as the primary Manager/Approver
Step 1: Logged in as the primary manager, click My Account in the upper right corner of the screen and select Preferences. Then select Alternates from the left menu.
Step 2: Search for AVAILABLE ALTERNATES using the filter, select the role(s) you would like them to perform, and move them to the right using the blue circle arrow. Click Save.
How to treat the alternate approval permissions as temporary
After the alternate has fulfilled their alternate approval role for the desired period (e.g., once the primary has come back from vacation), remove the alternate as an Alternate designate. This can be done either as an Admin/HR Admin in Person > Profile > Alternates or as the primary manager in My Account > Preferences.
How to enable approval reviews to make the workflow DCAA compliant
Step 1: Logged in as an Administrator, Go to Admin > Properties > Approval Process > Reviews > Require Manager Review. For any alternate roles to be assigned, you’ll need to select the appropriate check box for that item.
Step 2: When reviews are enabled, and work is performed by an alternate on behalf of another user, that user will see those items performed on their behalf on the Home dashboard. They can view details by clicking the magnifying glass icon. An entry is then created in the approval history.
Email Reminders for Alternate Approvers
You may elect to have the system automatically email Alternate Approvers after giving the primary approvers a certain time frame to conduct the approval. The Alternate Approver Reminder may be scheduled in Admin > Reminders.
For example, you may set up the following schedule:
- Primary Manager/Approver gets pinged to approve Monday at 8:00 am.
- Primary Manager/Approver gets pinged to approve again Monday at 5:00 pm with text saying Alternate will be pinged Tuesday at 9:00 am if there are still timesheets pending approval.
- Alternate gets pinged to approve Tuesday at 9:00 am.
Note that you can place your Unanet URL in the actual body of the email that is sent, in Admin > Setup > Miscellaneous > E-mail Reminders. When the Alternate gets the email, they can click the link in the email to access Unanet.