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An effective business report

strickland MICHAEL


Effective decision making is vital in the business world. Companies require access to information that is concise, easy to interpret and clearly presented. Many decision makers refuse to deal with reports or proposals that are over specified lengths. Reports must be useful to accurately assess situations, solve problems, and meet goals.
Imagine that one of your managers at work has given you an assignment to write a professional report. What should you do first? A good framework for how to proceed is found in the outcomes of Boise State’s English 101. In that course, students apply strategies for generating ideas for writing. They deal with planning and organizing material, illustrating their awareness of a writer’s relationship to the subject, context, purpose, and audience. In the BSU First-Year Writing program, students produce writing in non-fiction, inquiry-based genres, and use an academic documentation style. They use a variety of strategies to integrate evidence gathered from experience, reading, observations, and/or other forms of research.

With this in mind, you should begin by identifying clearly what you are writing about. A client or your supervisor may request a written document from you in the following way:

Our organization is interested in receiving a proposal that shows how we can lower our security costs with sustainable sources from our current base of employees, especially our essential personnel.

Once you have clearly identified your topic, explore its scope. What is “inside” and “outside” of the main idea? A good way to determine the boundaries of your topic is to create a concept map. Write your topic in the middle of your computer screen or a sheet of paper. Circle it, and then write down everything connected with it that comes to mind.

Good reports feature carefully constructed introductions, detailed bodies and logical conclusions. You need to clearly state your purpose. Workplace documents tend to be written for two primary reasons: to inform or persuade.

Write specifically for your audience. Who are your readers? Are they familiar with your topic or completely new to it? What are their needs and expectations? Will they be reading at their desks, in a meeting, on an airplane? Will they read your report from a printed page, a computer screen, tablets or smartphones? (more…)

On the front pages


Here’s what public affairs news made the front page of newspapers in the Northwest today, excluding local crime, features and sports stories. (Newspaper names contracted with location)

Lemp Apothecary pharmacy will close (Boise Statesman)
AG figures a St Luke's tax plan is illegal (Boise Statesman)
Work resumes in west coast porta (Lewiston Tribune)
Barbieri asks about swallowing a vaginal camera (Nampa Press Tribune, Lewiston Tribune)
Legislators look at urban renewal statutes (Lewiston Tribune)
Moscow-Pullman airport funds considered (Moscow News)
Profiling new state prison directory Kempf (Nampa Press Tribune)
Considering Pocatello school leader prospects (Pocatello Journal)

State looks into leak of Kitzhaber emails (Portland Oregonian, Eugene Register Guard)
BuRec looks into changing weather planning (KF Herald & News)
Obama community college plan debated in Oregon (KF Herald & News)
School districts deficient in anti-bullying effort (Medfodd Tribune)
No plans yet for fixing E Oregon bridges (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Moving rapidly on state ethics efforts (Pendleton E Orgonian)
Legislature would bar 'gay conversion therapy' (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Looking into anti-vaccination advocates (Portland Oregonian)
Ocean acidification threatening oysters (Salem Statesman Journal)
Brown will move into Mahonia Hall (Salem Statesman Journal)

Bremerton treatment plant will get a lid top (Bremerton Sun)
State plans major water cleanup (Bremerton Sun)
Student enrollment at Everett above expectations (Everett Herald)
Study notes ocean acification in WA planning (Longview News)
Measles quarantine ropes in 20 (Port Angeles News)
Oil industry opposes Inslee energy plan (Seattle Times)
Debate over sending money to Somalia (Seattle Times)
Pushing for vote on 'In God we trust' (Vancover Columbian)
Legislators, tribes talk pot legalization (Yakima Herald Republic)
Ports returning to work (Yakima Herald Republic)