Have you ever considered creating status reports? I know that sounds REALLY boring, but hang with me for a minute.
While status reports are commonly used in business, they can also be used in your personal life. Over the years, I’ve used status reports for all types of things because they work. I’ll tell you more about that in just a minute, but first, let me tell you why status reports are used in business.
In the business world, status reports provide managers with important updates and a snapshot of things such as employee progress and performance over a set period of time. They can also benefit the employee in a BIG way.
When an employee creates a status report, what they’re doing is creating a record in real time that can be referenced at any time. Now think about the last time you asked your boss for a raise.
Let’s say that you’re 1 of 3 people who exceeded expectations and asked for a raise, but your boss can only give a raise to 1 person. All 3 of you exceeded expectations equally so, who gets the raise? More than likely it’s the person who’s willing to go the extra mile to get it.
What if you could leverage a status report (previously sent) that supported your argument for a raise? Not only would this give you some momentum in the discussion it would also help ensure that you’re not just relying on your boss’s opinion of you when determining who gets the raise.
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Now that you know why and how status reports can be used in business let me tell you how I use them in my personal life.
I create status reports for my short-term, intermediate, and long-term goals. When I meet with mentors or have goal reviews, status reports come in handy because they bring people up to speed quickly.
Think about this: If I’ve only got a 30-minute window to meet with one of my mentors I want to make sure I’m using their time wisely. Instead of spending that time bringing them up to speed on the issues, I send a status report that they can review before our meeting.
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