Automate your weekly status reports in less time.

The weekly status report template helps you understand what's going on at work every week. Friday automates the entire process, saving you time and helping you stay in-sync.

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The weekly status report is deeply integrated into workplace tools you already use, like Slack and Microsoft Teams.

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With Friday, you can customize every aspect of the weekly status report (questions, reminders, notifications, and much more). 

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Weekly Status Report FAQ

We've compiled a best practices guide to answer any questions you have about weekly status reports in Friday.

  • What is a weekly status report?

    A weekly status report is a quick and easy way to understand what's going on at work from a higher-level.

    Every week, your team will answer a few quick questions about what they accomplished during the week. The goal of this report is to provide a snapshot of someone's output & performance, and what they aim to accomplish in the future.

  • Why should I do status reporting?

    A weekly status report is the minimum amount of information needed to keep everyone on the same page. If you don't share information on a regular basis, people will feel out of the loop and have trouble understanding what's going on. This can impact performance and morale.

    Additionally, status reports helps align a team and benchmark the pace of progress over time. If you are a manager and don't have basic reporting of progress in place, you will struggle and hold unnecessary meetings to understand what's going on.

  • When should I run a weekly status report?

    We recommend running a weekly status report on Friday. Typically, most companies we work with ask their employees to do this on a Friday morning or afternoon before they leave for the weekend. If you use Friday, you can customize the day of the week with our builder.

  • What questions should I ask?

    We recommend the following questions in your weekly status reports:

    • What did you accomplish this week? (open-ended)
    • What priorities do you have for next week? (open-ended)
    • Any blockers? (open-ended)

    As you roll out this process, you can add and remove questions over time. If you use the Friday workflow builder, you can customize a variety of questions, like emojis, open-ended responses, and more.

  • Can I customize the weekly status report in Friday?

    Yes, this is completely customizable. For example, you can change the following options:

    • Who should fill it out - choose people who need to give an update
    • Questions - pick from a variety of types like sentiment, emojis, yes/no, open-ended, and more
    • Timing - day of week, time of day, etc
    • Notifications - where should the status update responses be sent?
    • Prompts - ask people for updates over SlackMicrosoft Teams, or email.

    The Friday workflow builder makes it easy to run virtually any communication habit you can think of - weekly reports are one of unlimited options you can choose. You see other examples on our templates page.

  • Who can see the responses?

    It's up to you! Unlike other reporting apps where everything is visible to HR (which feels like big brother), we let you choose who can see the reports.

    For example, you could select one of the following options:

    • Just you (the team leader)
    • Everyone on the team
    • Everyone in the company
  • Status reports are boring and I'm nervous my team won't do them

    Correct! Most people dislike filling out status reports. That's why we have power-ups.

    Power-ups make it easy to boost your updates and make them more fun. For example, when filling out a status report, you can say thanks to a coworker, offer an idea for improvement, and more.

    Employees love this functionality and it dramatically improves the number of people who fill out updates as a result. This won't happen if you use a document.

    Don't worry, power-ups are optional so you can turn them on or off as you see fit.

  • What are best practices when running weekly status reports?

    There are a few best practices to make the most of this information sharing event at work. We've shared our top tips below:

    1.) Use these reports to save time in meetings - meetings are great for collaboration, not basic information sharing. Use a weekly status report to guide discussion in your Monday staff meetings.

    2.) Roll up responses at employee level - after a few months of reporting, rollup the responses per employee and see exactly what someone's contributions were over a given period of time. It's like a work log.

    3.) Document output, not activity - encourage the team to document output vs. activity. This is a major lesson we learned in the book, High Output Management. It's not useful to see a list of activities someone completed for the week. 

    4.) Keep it simple - Don't reinvent the wheel. The more questions you ask, the more likely someone is to not complete the update. Limit the report to 3-4 questions.

    5.) Map work to a higher-level goal - how did the day-to-day work contribute to a higher-level purpose, goal, or company strategy? Make sure to document why you are working on a particular item.

    6.) Pull in work from third-party tools - if you use project management tools like Asana or Jira, make sure to link to the appropriate activity if someone wants to learn more.

  • How much does this cost?

    You can get started running status reports for free. We are a business, so we can't give everything away, so premium features are $6/person per month and include:

    • Sending according to someone's timezone (great for remote teams)
    • See more than 3 weeks of data
    • Integrations (automatically pull the work in from tools)
    • Easily run reports and track completion rate over time
    • Export data to CSV/PDF
    • Roll up responses to an employee profile

    We are confident that Friday can save you hours every week and help you understand what's going on at work.

"The simplicity of the platform allows us to stay aligned and informed without wasting precious startup time. But the best part of Friday is that it's helping us connect as humans in a time when connection with your colleagues is harder to come by."

Amy VanHaren

CEO @ PumpSpotting

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