A wait step in a cadence waits for a specific amount of time or for a specific condition to occur before proceeding to the next step. Wait steps start based on the previous touchpoint's completion.
Wait Steps cannot be the final step of a Cadence and the Cadence Builder will throw an error if you attempt to save. They can be added as the first step of a Cadence but as of version 20.13 of the package, they will be ignored, so this is not recommended.
Here you can assign due dates on touchpoints to ensure that a user knows the deadlines that need to be hit for important customer touchpoints.
You have the options to set wait time period for decision points based on hours, days, or weeks and set due dates for cadence touchpoints. It is important to note currently that assigning due dates via the wait step is not intuitively communicated to the user.
In some cases you may want to set the wait time down to the minute. Starting from version 19 of the managed package, this can be done on the Cadence Step object, not in the Flow Builder. You can find the field by navigating to Cadences > find the Cadence you want to edit > find the wait step you want to edit > Details > Step Interval > Hours - if you click the pencil (edit) you can set the hours to be 8.1 for example which would be 486 minutes
Note: Decision Points do not 'tie into' Business Hours - this is due to the fact that we want to be watching for email replies/opens for the duration of the wait timeframe, not just within the Business Hour timeframe. Example: Business hours is 8-5, email is replied to at 7 PM, it would not be seen if we were only looking during Business Hours.