work·​flow | \ ˈwərk-ˌflō How to pronounce workflow (audio) \
variants: or less commonly work flow

Definition of workflow

: the sequence of steps involved in moving from the beginning to the end of a working process improving office workflow … this new upgrade isn't revolutionary. But it does a fine job of streamlining workflow and getting the business done.— Sally Wiener Grotta The site automates and tracks workflow as well. For example, when a subcontractor fills out a request for information, it goes directly to the general contractor, who signs off on it. The request then travels to the architect, then back to the subcontractor.— Lawrence Stevens

Examples of workflow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This implicit trust approach must be replaced with a zero-trust model that assumes that every user, device, application and workflow may have already been compromised. Michael Xie, Forbes, 4 May 2022 The goal is to help the employee better understand the broader workflow or value chain as well as keep their interest level high and on the lookout for other opportunities within the company. Rolling Stone Culture Council, Rolling Stone, 6 Apr. 2022 Tatusian is looking forward to strengthening the design voice of The Times’ out-of-the-box builds, helping establish a pipeline and workflow for those projects and taking the organization’s typography into the future. Los Angeles Times, 9 Nov. 2021 The result is that some offerings do not address the right clinical or operational need, are not suitably integrated into existing workflow, or simply do not work. Kathleen Walch, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2022 Your supervisor may be limiting restroom breaks so the workflow of the warehouse is not disrupted. Johnny C. Taylor Jr., USA TODAY, 5 Apr. 2022 Digital transformation requires a whole-of-organization process, not just a new application for sales and marketing, a new workflow for engineering, or a different process for customer success. Mert Yentur, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 While most monitors are made for workflow or gaming, there are a select few that are ideal for creators — especially those in the graphic design business. Thomas Hindle, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Mar. 2022 Veterans are in a better position here than hobbyists, having digested the less-thrilling aspects of game development, like budgeting and workflow. Will Bedingfield, Wired, 25 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of workflow

1921, in the meaning defined above

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“Workflow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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