in Progress Reporting & Team Status Updates — 3 min read

People often ask us: can you provide us with a status report template? What's the most simple status report sample we could start using in our team or for me to report to my team leader? What is the best way to set up an employee goal setting template?

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Status reporting sometimes seems like something complicated. It's not. A good status report to be submitted to a manager is short and concise. It has few sections, takes just a few minutes to fill and minutes to read.

The World's Simplest Status Report Template

So here we go. Here is the world's simplest status report template. There are just 3 simple sections:

  1. Plans
  2. Progress
  3. Problems

That's it. Nothing more, nothing less. Just 3 simple words to categorize your weekly employee status report.

It's called PPP. It's the best practice status report template used for years at companies like eBay, Skype, Facebook and leading startup accelerators like Seedcamp. They use it across their teams for employees to keep their managers up to date and co-workers informed. You can implement it in minutes.

Status Reports: The Benefits, Breakdown and Best Practices for Your Team - Weekdone

Let's look at the three categories more in detail. What are the best practices to fill in the status report?

Progress 

What did you get done, that's important? What was accomplished by you? What made you proud and happy? Keep the list short, if possible, just 5-7 items, not more. That's one big thing you'll mark done per day.

Plans 

What are you planning to get done next week? What kind of employee goal setting templates are you hoping to use? What will make you proud at the end of the week,  if and when you get it done? Again, don't list small unimportant details. 5-7 items is just enough. You can also add some insights and lessons learned for your leader and co-workers.

Problems

Any challenges or negatives? Is something stuck? Do you need help from the manager or other team members? Share your concerns openly.

Status Report Online Tool

If you're looking for an online and mobile tool for status reporting, try out Weekdone. It's free for small teams and gives you immediate access and automation to status reporting.

You can learn much more about status reporting in Weekdone Academy, where we've compiled status report templates, examples and best practices.

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