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Managers/Supervisors who are time approvers in SSTA have the ability to delegate their time approval responsibilities to another Manager/Supervisor set up as a time approver for situations in which they will be out of the office or unable to approve their employee’s time.

As an approver, you can delegate to another time approver based on your Agency policy.  You still have the ability to log in to SSTA and approve your employee’s time during the delegation period and can clear the delegation, if needed .Approvers can  notify other approvers that they have been selected as a delegate via a system generated SSTA email.

 

Delegation Functionality in SSTA

When delegating time approval to another Manager/Supervisor:

  • Inform the Manager/Supervisor of the delegation via the notify function on the SSTA Delegation page, which will allow an email to be sent.
  • Ensure the time approval responsibilities follow the hierarchical reporting structure of your department.  An approver’s manager can access a direct report’s employees without delegation by entering in the direct report’s Group and Department IDs on the Manager’s Dashboard or in Manager Self Service. 
  • Ensure the time approval delegation is only for a set period of time (for example, if you are on vacation).  It is not designed to allow permanent delegation of time approval responsibilities.

Note: Group ID is a system generated number that is tied to your direct report employees and is defaulted on the Manager Dashboard and Manager Self Service.

 

During the delegation time period, the delegate will appear on reports as the approver for your employees and will receive system notifications for time approval, if applicable.

 

Important Reminders:

  • Agency Human Resources or Payroll Offices and the MassHR Employee Service Center will monitor the use of time approval delegation.
  • Delegation requires an overnight run of SSTA to take effect.  
  • The deadline for time approval is each Friday at 12:00PM; if you approve time for employees who work Friday 2nd or 3rd shift, or anytime on Saturday, the deadline for time approval is Sunday at 6:00PM.
StepAction
1. Log in to SSTA using your user ID (employee ID) and password.
2. In the blue menu box, click the COMMONWEALTH OF MA link.
3. In the middle of the page, click the TIME APPROVER DELEGATION link.
4. Note: If you have multiple Commonwealth jobs, refer to step 4 and 5.  If you do not, proceed to step 6.
  
 A table listing your job records is displayed. The table is arranged in 4 columns of information and a row for each job. The columns are:
  
 TITLE: The title of your job displayed as a link.
 EMPLOYEE RECORD #: The employee record number that is tied to your job.
 POSITION NUMBER: The position number that is tied to your job.
 DEPARTMENT: The department that is tied to your job. 
5. Select the job record you want to delegate approvals for by selecting the TITLE link of the correct job.
6. The Delegation Page will display. 
  
 Below the TIME APPROVERtable is the DELEGATE TIME APPROVERSEARCH CRITERIAtable.
  
 In the DELEGATE LAST NAME search field, enter the last name of the person to whom you wish to delegate time approval and click the GET DELEGATE button.
  
 Note:  The DELEGATE LAST NAME search field requires at least one character to be entered before performing the search.
7. A list of employees with the last name you searched by appears in the DELEGATE SEARCH RESULT table.
8. Find and select the person you wish to delegate time approval responsibility to in the NAME column of the DELEGATE SEARCH RESULT table. CLICK the delegate’s last name.
9. The name and information of the selected person will appear in the DELEGATE TIME APPROVER SELECTION RESULT table.
10. Below the DELEGATION LAST NAME field in the DELEGATE TIME APPROVER SEARCH CRITIERA table are the DELEGATE START DATE and DELEGATE END DATE fields.
  
 Note:  The Delegate Start Date should always be a Sunday.  
  
 Enter a date by keying into the START DATE field
 OR
 Click the calendar icon to the right of the DELEGATE START DATE and DELEGATE END DATE fields and use the calendar display to select the desired date.  
11. If the DELEGATE INFORMATION, DELEGATE START DATE and DELEGATE END DATE are accurate, click the SAVE button below the DELEGATE TIME APPROVER SELECTION RESULT table.   You have successfully delegated time approval responsibilities.
  
 Note:  If you wish to change the information displayed, click the CLEAR button to the right of the SAVE button. 
  
 A small SAVE message displays at the top right corner of the page. 
  
 Your time approval responsibilities have been successfully delegated and will be effective the NEXT DAY. 
12. Review the next section of this job aid for instructions how to send an email notification to your delegate time approver.

 

Delegation Notification

Approvers can notify other approvers that they have been selected as a delegate via a system generated SSTA email.  If you wish to use this feature keep in mind that:

  1. You must include your Group ID and Department ID in the message portion of the email.   Your delegate needs your Group ID and Department ID to access your direct reports.
  2. The email notification option does not use Outlook and will not appear in your Outlook sent folder. 
  3. The system generated email will not be from your personal email address, but from SSTA.   
  4. You will not receive confirmation that your notification has been sent.  If you wish to receive a confirmation, please CC yourself on the notification email.   
StepAction
1To send a delegation notification, click on the NOTIFY DELEGATE button on the bottom of the time approver delegation page
2The SEND NOTIFICATION page will appear. 
3Enter the email address of the person you delegated time approval responsibilities to in the TO field.  If applicable, enter names in the CC and BCC fields.   If you have more than one email address in the same field, remember to separate each email with a semi colon.  You may wish to enter your own email address in the CC field so that you have a record that the notification has been sent.  
  
 Skip Steps 4-11 if you know the delegate’s email address.  
4If you are not sure of the delegate’s email address, click on the LOOK UP RECIPIENT link located to the right of the Notification Details menu.  
5The LOOKUP ADDRESS page will display. 
6Enter the last name of the person you wish to send a delegation confirmation email to on the NAME field.  Then, click on the SEARCHbutton.  
7The employee who you searched for will appear in the SEARCH RESULT table.  Also listed in the SEARCH RESULT table are the employee’s email address and a check box to add the employee to the TO, CC, and BCC fields of the email system generated email.  Click in the TO, CC or BCC fields as needed.   
8Click on the ADD TO RECIPIENT LIST button to add the employee selected in the SEARCH RESULT table to the email in the appropriate email category (TO, CC, BCC).
9The name and information of the selected person will appear in the DELEGATE TIME APPROVER SELECTION RESULT table.
10Once the appropriate employees are listed in the RECIPIENT LISTclick on the OK button.
11You will return to the SEND NOTIFICATION PAGE.  
12Next, choose the priority of the email by clicking on the PRIORITY drop down menu.  Choose HIGH, MEDIUMor LOW.  
13Review the SUBJECT line.  SSTA defaults the subject as “HR/CMS Approval Delegation Notification.”  You are able to change as necessary. 
14Next, make sure you add your Group ID and Department ID in the MESSAGE field.  The system generated notification email does not contain your Group ID or your Department ID.   Reminder, your Group ID and Department ID must be given to a delegate so they can approve time for your direct reports.
15Review the fields on the page for accuracy. 
16Finally, click OK to send notification to those listed in the TO, CC, and BCC fields.

 


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Last Updated: May 17, 2013