When it comes to decision-making – whether that decision is for the prom committee, the PTA, or the marketing department of a large corporation – two heads are better than one, and a group often trumps a pair. Still, collaboration can be tough, especially when it must happen electronically. Email conversations are difficult to track – and making decisions via email with a group of any size can be even tougher, as you try to keep track of who agrees, who disagrees, and how to keep the process in motion. A new web application, Zapproved, integrates with your email to help organize and encourage firm decision-making, taking the mess out of email approvals. There’s no more need to tally email responses, collect messages in electronic folders, or print out a batch of responses to keep track of who said what. Zapproved tracks the decision for you.
Zapproved is easy to use. To start, just click the button for a new proposal. Then, create a note and attach any files needed. Enter the email addresses of the approvers, select a due date and priority level, and hit send. Everyone will get an email with your proposal and three options to choose from: they can approve your proposal, reject your proposal, or just leave a comment. After the proposal is sent, all the action takes place within each email, so approvers don’t have to visit or register with Zapproved to participate. As these steps take place, everyone in the group can see how decisions are being made, who has replied, and who is still considering a proposal. When deadlines approach, Zapproved will remind everyone to keep the decision-making process moving on schedule. Zapproved even stores all past decisions for future reference, in case there’s ever any question. The process of coming to consensus has never been more decisive.
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