Working in SharePoint 2013 Designer. Created an notification email to be sent 30 days before the due date. I used the workflow to start using If Workflow Context:Association: Start on Item Creation equals yesand pause until the notification date equals Today. I did not use Add Time to Date action because it doesn't work in my environment. Using workflow context:association sometimes the workflow successfully works but other times no emails are sent.

Question, Other than a third party solution, is there a more reliable way to guarantee an notification email will be sent? Why doesn't workflow context:association no longer working all the time?

  • Why doesn't add time to date work in your environment? What happens when you add it to a workflow? That is definitely the correct way to do what you're wanting.
    – Erin L
    Sep 14, 2016 at 21:28
  • There's no reason for you to use the workflow context. Why did you try that?
    – Erin L
    Sep 14, 2016 at 21:30
  • I am not sure why it doesn't work in my environment, but it doesn't. The workflow context has worked but not reliable each time. Sep 15, 2016 at 13:30

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Are you setting the due date as part of the workflow? we do something similar

We create a workflow variable which is created date + X days, you could then create another which is this workflow variable+30days.

You can then pause until this workflow variable date then send your email.

  • No, I set the due date as a calculated column. Are you using the Add Time to Date action? Sep 15, 2016 at 13:31

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