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April 07, 2009



In the trenches, we use the term "reports to" a manager but the company in its political correctness and to *seem* nice refers to us being "supported by" a manager, indicating that we are doing all the work and the manager clears the way to let us do our jobs. Now if only it really worked that way ;-)


Hi, Anne. Thanks for mentioning "reports." I had forgotten about that one.

I'm sorry you have to live in the real world! It would be terrific if work worked the other way.


I work in a government department in Australia and I recently came across the use of 'direct reports' as a noun referring to the people who report directly to a supervisor. Is this a common usage (and I'm just out of the 'govspeak' loop), or is it truly as odd and confusing as it seems?


Hi, Maggie. "Direct reports" is used commonly in the U.S. As you indicate, it means people who report directly to someone.

I've been reading and hearing it for a few years, so it doesn't sound odd to me. Have I been brainwashed? Yikes!


I work for a large multi-state health care organization.
"Direct reports" is used frequently.

I like the terms "co-worker", "team members" and "team".


Hi, Emmer. Thanks for commenting.

Here is a tip: If you work in the U.S., your commas and periods belong inside the quotation marks.



in my country we use colleagues

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