Task escalation provides a tool to help prevent tasks from being left unattended. Selected users can be nominated to receive emails that summarise overdue tasks assigned to people under their supervision. A time frame can be set between the time when the task becomes overdue and the supervisor gets informed. Different types of tasks can be escalated to different users. Escalated tasks can be searched for in the Users’ Tasks area.
Task Escalation Settings are available for each OU independently. They are found at the bottom of the Organisational Unit Preferences tab and users will only be able to adjust the settings in OUs they have access to, as reflected in the dropdown menu, Organisational Unit.
To access the Task Escalation Settings under a given OU, a user must have the permission, Manage Settings at least once (in any OU) and the permission, Organizational Units:Manage Settings in the OU of interest. These permissions are included in the system role, Administration Editor.
Assigning escalated tasks to a user doesn’t automatically grant access to the areas where the tasks originate. If a user doesn’t have access, they will be notified of the overdue tasks in email summaries but they won’t be able to access them under Users’ Tasks.
To adjust task escalation settings:
A “0” is required if tasks are to be escalated immediately; if the field is left blank, the setting will be ignored by the system.
The people nominated in Task Escalation Settings can adjust their personal preferences to receive summaries daily, weekly, monthly or not at all. Please refer to the user guide, Personal Preference Management for details.
The Users Tasks area offers a filter to search for tasks escalated to given individuals. For details about this, please refer to the user guide, Users’ Tasks.