For many organizations, status reporting is an en masse activity, generally allocated to time-based increments where employees stop what they are doing in order to provide management with a snapshot of their work progress (e.g. monthly status updates). This monthly reporting cycle is intended to provide frequent enough updates to keep management aware of the status of the work in their area – but without overloading the team with reporting activities (or the manager with paperwork to review). It creates a paper productivity trail where managers take action based on the appearance of productivity provided in these reports – and employees can continue focusing on their real work for the next 30 days.

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