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Time-Dependent Workflow In Salesforce -  Table of Content

What we can do with Workflow Rule?

What is Workflow?

Time-Dependent Workflow Actions

How to use the Time-Dependent Workflow Rule


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What we can do with Workflow Rule?

  • We can create a task for someone.
  • We can send an automated email.
  • We can update the database by updating any field.
  • We can send OBM to the external platform.

What is Workflow?

Workflow automates the following types of actions based on your organization's processes:

  • Field Updates — Update the value of a field on a record.
  • Email Alerts — Send an email to one or more recipients you specify.
  • Tasks — Assign a new task to a user, role, or record owner.
  • Outbound Messages — Send a secure, configurable API message (in XML format) to a designated listener.
  • Select Existing Action — Reuse the existing actions.

For example, the workflow can:

  • Assign follow-up tasks to a support representative one week after a case is updated.
  • Send sales management an email alert when a sales representative qualifies for a large deal.
  • Change the Owner field on a contract three days before it expires.
  • Trigger an outbound API message to an external HR system to initiate the reimbursement process for an approved expense report.

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Each workflow rule consists of:

  • Criteria that causes the workflow rule to run.
  • Immediate actions get executed when a record matches the criteria. For example, Salesforce can automatically send an email that notifies the account team when a new high-value opportunity is created.
  • Time-dependent actions that queue when a record matches the criteria, and execute according to time triggers. For example, Salesforce can automatically send an email reminder to the account team if a high-value opportunity is still open ten days before the close date.

Task Creation:

  • This action helps to give an automated task to another user in the company.
  • This helps to get rid of the paper-task process.
  • The receiver can update the task with status, which the manager can easily check using a related list.

Let us discuss in detail with a sample business scenario for Workflow Rule - Task understanding.

Time-Dependent Workflow Actions:

There are some cases in real-time projects where we don’t want to execute the task instantly. We want, that to happen after 1 hour, 10 hours, 10 days, etc. In such cases, time-dependent action helps.

Note: This works only in hours or days format. Not minutes. Before performing the action we need to Deactivate the rule.

Time Trigger: To convey to Salesforce after how many hours or days we want this work to happen.

Rule Trigger Date: The moment when the condition matches.

Steps to create Time-Dependent  Workflow Rule - Action:

Log in to Salesforce → Setup → Build → Create → Workflow & Approvals → Workflow Rules → Edit the existing Workflow Rule → Time-Dependent Workflow Actions → Add Time Trigger → Workflow Time Trigger Edit → Click on Add Time Trigger → Input (Number, days, before/after, Rule Trigger date) → Save.

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How to use the Time-Dependent  Workflow Rule - Action:

The same steps we follow as to how we have added the actions in the workflow.

Log in to Salesforce → Setup → Build → Create → Workflow & Approvals → Workflow Rules → Edit the existing Workflow Rule → Time-Dependent Workflow Actions → Add Time Trigger → Workflow Time Trigger Edit → Workflow Actions → Edit → Select “Select Existing actions” → Fill in the details(Email Alert / Field update / Task / Outbound Message) → Save → Done.

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Note: Do not forget to activate the Workflow Rule again.

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