I have this simple workflow which checks to see if a Request Date field is blank to determine whether it goes to LIST or INITIATE as shown below.

I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong.

  • A project is submitted

    • If it doesnt have a request date (is empty), it goes to 2. LIST

    • If it does have a request date in the request date field, it goes to 3. INITIATE.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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2 Answers 2


I found that a blank date returns 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM instead of blank. So I just check the date I'm interested in against the item create date. If it is less than I assume empty. For my list if currentitem:CompletionDate is less than currentitem:created then...

  • To elaborate, the comparison is If [Project Data: Request Date] is less than or equal to 1/1/0001 then Request Date is empty. (I use 1/1/1900.)
    – Erin L
    May 19, 2016 at 17:53

It's a little convoluted, but from memory I think I could only achieve this by setting the 'dateToBeChecked' as variable of type 'String' which then allows you to perform a 'is empty' condition check.

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