I'm designing a form to create violations of employees from various departments. For quicker choosing the employee, I have a field for users to filter the department that the employee is from. Value of Department field are: All (default value) Department 1 Department 2 Department 3 My question is: Should the Department field marked as mandatory in this form? Thank you enter image description here

  • But Department isn't a required field right? It is not part of the form and there is always a value selected. Think about what happens when the employee is filled in and the user decides to choose the right department afterwards "because it is required", will that reset the employee field? Department is a filter for Employee, so maybe make that clearer.
    – jazZRo
    May 9 at 13:32

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For transparency and consistency (if this field is required) I would mark it same as the others.

IMO you should take a closer look on consistency in general. For the Date an Description the files are empty, for Department the value is pre-selected, and for Employee there you have placeholder.

Also with only 3 possible departments maybe it would be possible to use chips selection instead of drop-down.

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