Using same status column in separate conditions
I have a form that allows users to input 2 email IDs : Requester and Approver. If the two IDs are the same, then then I need to skip an approval step (STEP 1) and go to another step (say) STEP 2. If they are not the same, then I need to go through STEP 1 and then go to STEP 2. STEP 2 is a mandatory approval step, whose status I store in a separate column 'IT Status' with possible values as 'Submitted/Approved/Declined'.
- Is there a way I can compare the 2 email IDs in the workflow directly?
- As a workaround, I compared the 2 fields at the time of data entry & stored the result in a separate column which is a flag. However, one issue that I have been facing with this - since I need to go to STEP 2 in either case and store the result of STEP 2 in the 'IT Status' column, I created two branches - one with STEP1 and one without. However, Smartsheet is showing me an error and prompting me to save the status of STEP 2 as two separate columns if I use it in separate branches & this is something I cannot do. Is there a workaround that can be suggested?