Why did I (the Preparer) get an Automatic Approval notification after I submitted an Account Certification?

We had to embed an approval step as part of the Preparer workflow so that we could ensure separation of duties should someone inadvertently be identified as both the Preparer and the Approver.  In Workday world, a “Review” step (which is what allows for the Preparer to note variances, etc.) is not considered a formal approval so we had to insert that automated step to ensure systematic controls.  You do not have to take action.  The Account Certification is now sitting with the Approver.  The visual below helps clarify this.

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