- Not too many people enjoy writing status reports. They take time and their true value is debatable. Let’s see how Joe and Wanda approach this sometimes touchy topic with their team members.
Joe Kerr: Only reason I do a status report is because I have to. I have a set format. I just change the date each week. All the rest of the content is identical. I get it in early every week. My boss is thrilled!
I don’t require status reports from my people because I’d simply never read them, and I don’t want to put the troops through the same charade. I know what they’re up to anyway. I work with them every day.
Wanda B. Goode: I require status from all of the team members once a week. It serves a few purposes. First, it lets me know what people are up to. I can’t possibly keep track of everything. It allows me to track progress on projects, and it really comes in handy when it’s time for performance reviews. Second, it’s a forum for team members to express themselves – their ideas, their issues/concerns. Third, it provides them a place to record administrative items, like planned vacation.
I spend the time required to read through them thoroughly and I frequently provide comments back to team members, which re-enforces their value and encourages them to share more.