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 Most importantly, though, these headphones have enabled my now totally seamless workflow using both my computer and cell phone while working from home. Karen I. Chen, Travel + Leisure, "These Noise-canceling Headphones Were One of the Few Things That Brought Me Joy in 2020," 12 Mar. 2021 With the titles for each age group set, getting the books delivered to children requires an overlapping process month-to-month, and begins with a projection and ordering workflow that gets underway at least six months ahead of home delivery. Stephen L. Betts, Rolling Stone, "Turning Pages: Inside Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library," 8 Mar. 2021 Among other moves, Mr. Previn hired an executive reporting to him to oversee a team responsible for designing IT services while taking into account user research, workflow and metrics. Jared Council, WSJ, "IBM Names Research Veteran as CIO," 1 Mar. 2021 The best way to get marketing and sales teams on the same page is to automate workflow and ensure that data (leads) are being moved to the right places in real-time with instantaneous notifications. Expert Panel®, Forbes, "15 Smart Ways To Get Marketing And Sales Teams On The Same Page," 26 Feb. 2021 The system automatically takes care of data entry, data collection, payment, and other administrative and workflow tasks. Tom Davenport, Forbes, "The Future Of Work Now: Good Doctor Technology For Intelligent Telemedicine In Southeast Asia," 2 Mar. 2021 Instead of relying on the owner of the company to be the savior who pivots everything single-handedly, each employee should pivot in a way that maximizes their own unique workflow and creativity. Taja Dockendorf, Forbes, "How To Lead By Example And Encourage Employees To Fuel Their Own Growth," 4 Mar. 2021 There are questions about how to manage the workflow between telemedicine and in-person appointments and some procedures can’t be done by teleconference, like drawing blood or testing for the flu or COVID-19. James Barragán, Dallas News, "Dallas lawmaker wants to keep telemedicine growing in Texas after COVID-19 with ‘pay parity’ bill," 30 Nov. 2020 What is the tactical context of the job in the workflow of the organization? Isaac Cheifetz, Star Tribune, "It's time to put some sizzle in your job ad," 21 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of workflow

1921, in the meaning defined above

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“Workflow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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