If the Allow administrators to skip the workflow option is not selected, they will be forced to go through all the required steps in the worklflow before publishing.
Currently we do not have an Awaiting approval filter in pages. We are aware of this problem and we have this issue logged for fixing.
We realize that current email notifications are not what they should be, but the implementation of such feature is complicated and it is not scheduled yet. Now we are more focused on fixing critical issues.
All the best,
the Telerik team
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