Y'all are a bunch of wankers!

Sending unsolicited status updates to management.  Good idea?

I was going through some old files and some of those files are status reports that were required by a previous management team.  They asked us to list accomplishments, upcoming/ongoing projects, issues, etc.

Thought about maybe filling one of these out and sending to the new management team.  Is there any harm in doing that?

If I do send this out, should I send to the director (two levels up) or just to my immediate boss?  I once had a boss who was insecure and he didn't anyone showing him up.  Could be a similar situation here, but not quite sure. 

Should I bother?  Or is this a case of no good deed goes unpunished?
Permalink . 
May 9th, 2018 11:31pm
Brag away. I do.

Keep it short. Do it every week.  CC whomever you like.
Permalink Legion 
May 9th, 2018 11:56pm
Management should know this already by one mechanism or another.

If you haven’t done this for years and suddenly start, they’re going to wonder why.

Your boss might already be providing this to his boss.

If they now get a report from you with markedly different numbers, he’s going to look an idiot.
Permalink Scott Adams 
May 10th, 2018 12:53am
> Keep it short. Do it every week.  CC whomever you like.

The keyword is short I guess.

My boss was telling me one time that he is asked for a weekly status report and keeps it short and to the point.  He probably wouldn't it if it were long winded.
Permalink . 
May 10th, 2018 1:14am
> Management should know this already by one mechanism or another.

There are ticketing and request systems in place for that stuff.  Not sure if/how project work is tracked.

> If you haven’t done this for years and suddenly start, they’re going to wonder why.

True

> Your boss might already be providing this to his boss.

He does but keeps it short and to the point.

> If they now get a report from you with markedly different numbers, he’s going to look an idiot.

Maybe he's telling his boss that I don't do as much as I do.
Permalink . 
May 10th, 2018 1:15am
If you provide your boss with a succinct report, he can use that as his report to his own boss.

He will probably appreciate the reduction in his workload (unless for whatever reason he doesn't like your content) and you get to write the report that your boss' boss reads.
Permalink ,ndo 
May 10th, 2018 1:56am
Simple: In the first report say you are going to send these once a week to help management better track work completed.

List each thing done in less than one sentence. (Good grammar is not needed)

List what you plan to work on next week.

List things that block you

Each list is in it's own section. Each is a bulleted or numbered list.
Permalink Legion 
May 10th, 2018 7:43am
Ok so I guess I should just send it to immediate boss.  Send it to his boss and he might think I'm trying to show him up (or maybe not but why take the risk).

Legion, that is pretty much what is on the past reports.
Permalink , 
May 10th, 2018 11:31am
>Should I bother?  Or is this a case of no good deed goes unpunished?

Well, since you asked for opinions mine is: Create the reports if you have the time and desire to do so, but do not send them to anyone unless you are asked. Why? Earlier posters already mentioned some of the reasons why it might not be a good thing to do. So why bother creating reports? You could use them to help cover your ass if the need arises and perhaps during performance review time.
Permalink One Programmer's Opinion 
May 10th, 2018 5:36pm
> Earlier posters already mentioned some of the reasons why it might not be a good thing to do.


Only Scott Adams did

He said people might wonder why

That’s pretty weak in light of the many provotes
Permalink Bob Baden 
May 10th, 2018 5:53pm
>That’s pretty weak in light of the many provotes

I understand why some folks might think being proactive is always a good thing, but actions often have consequences. Here are two potential bad outcomes.

* Dot's manager likes his/her status report and now wants everyone under his supervision to create similar ones. Dot's fellow employees find out that he/she is the person responsible for this "extra work" and now many of them are pissed off at Dot (reasons why will vary).

* Dot sends a status update to his/her project manager and to management stakeholders. The stakeholders now demand more detailed status reports from Dot's project manager. The project manager is upset that Dot sent a status report to someone besides just him because ....
Permalink One Programmer's Opinion 
May 10th, 2018 7:53pm
Those are good reasons only noting that they were not previously mentioned
Permalink Bob Baden 
May 10th, 2018 8:53pm
Going over your boss' head to communicate with his boss will just create bad feelings.

Do the minimum status reports they ask for.  Spend the extra energy looking for a new job.
Permalink Send private email FSK 
May 10th, 2018 9:05pm
> Well, since you asked for opinions mine is: Create the reports if you have the time and desire to do so, but do not send them to anyone unless you are asked. Why? Earlier posters already mentioned some of the reasons why it might not be a good thing to do. So why bother creating reports? You could use them to help cover your ass if the need arises and perhaps during performance review time.

I kinda do this already.  I have a big spreadsheet where I've been tracking stuff for years.  Nobody has asked, but it does help me keep track of stuff.
Permalink . 
May 11th, 2018 12:49am
> I understand why some folks might think being proactive is always a good thing, but actions often have consequences. Here are two potential bad outcomes.

> Dot's manager likes his/her status report and now wants everyone under his supervision to create similar ones. Dot's fellow employees find out that he/she is the person responsible for this "extra work" and now many of them are pissed off at Dot (reasons why will vary).

That thought did cross my mind!  Good point.

> Dot sends a status update to his/her project manager and to management stakeholders. The stakeholders now demand more detailed status reports from Dot's project manager. The project manager is upset that Dot sent a status report to someone besides just him because ....

Again, good point.  Sounds like that could happen between my boss and the director.

Thought I would make it clear to the director how much I'm really getting done.  He probably thinks I'm not doing a whole hell of a lot since I wasn't promoted.  Of course the promotions have already been made, so fuck it I guess.
Permalink . 
May 11th, 2018 12:52am
> Going over your boss' head to communicate with his boss will just create bad feelings.

Yeah, fuck it.
Permalink . 
May 11th, 2018 12:53am
Somehow I think you'll fuck this up.
Permalink '); DROP TABLE Messages;-- 
May 11th, 2018 2:46am
>I think you'll fuck this up.

Probably already has.
Permalink Monica Johnson 
May 11th, 2018 3:43am

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