The purpose of a weekly status report is to let managers and employers know what you have done over the week. But on a far larger level, it's an easy way to give feedback and communicate your other concerns. Therefore, we've created a weekly status report template to help get you started.
Weekly status report template.
A status report template should answer 3 questions:
- What are your plans for next week?
- What did you do last week?
- What problems are you experiencing?
That's honestly all.
If you need a sample template file to download for your status report, it's better to focus on just three things: Progress, Plans, and Problems. This "PPP" methodology clarifies most issues when writing a proper status report. However, there are obviously a few questions and concerns that come with any supposedly simple methodology.
Add the 3 words of PPP as headings, and under each list by bullet points the items. Use whatever tool you're comfortable with: e-mail, Google Docs, Excel or a specialized tool like Weekdone status reports.
Just remember, as most managers get a lot of reports each week, they should be easy to read and give a quick overview.
Too long, didn't read.
Managers have no time to read your long detailed reports on everything you've done from Monday morning to Friday afternoon. Your report needs to be clear and short.
It's recommended to add only 4 – 5 plans and done items every week, so you focus on the most important. Think about the things that really make a contribution to the team and report those.
Weekdone's automated reports.
Have a look at an example weekly team status report generated by Weekdone weekly reporting service (it's free to try, so give it a go). The nice part of Weekdone is how it has compiled personal single person reports into a company report.
While adding a nice visual team dashboard and weekly progress charts, the foundation is still the proven PPP status report process. To make status reporting even easier, Weekdone generates these reports automatically and lets managers view them in browser or e-mail.