It's time to write your first 15Five! This article will walk you through completing your first report. It also includes ideas on how to make the most of your 15Five reports.
Writing a 15Five to your reviewer is easy and manageable. If you are like most people you are so busy during the week that you forget all the different tasks you have accomplished by week's end.
To begin completing your 15Five:
1. From within the reminder email, click on ‘Complete Your 15Five’ to be directed to your account. OR you can access your 15Five report any time by logging in and going to the '15Fives' tab.
2. Enter your responses in each section. Pressing your 'Tab' button will create a new item. You can create several entries per question. For more information on each section, click here.
3. When you’re finished with your responses, click ‘Submit' at the bottom of your 15Five. Now it’s off to your reviewer!
Your role as a reporter is very important in the communication process. Not only are your 15Five reports a good time to mention what you do in your role, but it also allows you to share feedback directly with your team or reviewer. We, along with others 15Five customers, have collected some of the best reporting practices to help empower your communication and make the most of your 15Fives. These best practices are listed below and will make writing 15Fives less time consuming + more gratifying:
- Note events as they occur: It's a challenge to stare at a blank report and fill in everything you have done in a work week. By the time the end of the week comes you might forget what you have done or be too exhausted to elaborate. 15Five saves your drafts so that you can easily note events as they occur.
- Good time to mention big issues: Don't let big issues fester, bring them up early in your report and offer a solution or suggestion where applicable. If you know that you can increase workflow or be more efficient if you changed a process, now is your time to bring this up. A manager can't help you if they don't know that a problem exists. So be sure to mention ways that processes or your role can improve.
- Collaborate: @mentions are a great way to bring in other relevant people into the conversation - If you worked on a project with a team member, you can acknowledge their help and collaboration by @mentioning them in your answers.
- Suggest new questions: Don't hesitate to share with your manager your thoughts on how to make the reporting process more engaging for you. Are the questions repetitive? Want to change things up a bit? Bring them your constructive feedback on what would make 15Five better for your team. Create a list of questions that you'd like to answer and share them with your manager. You never know they might take inspiration from your feedback, and one or two might show up in your 15Five.
- Give someone on your team a High Five: High Fives are a great tool that allows you to show each other appreciation whenever they do something awesome.
If you would like a visual walkthrough of the 15Five check-in, click here.
Want to learn more about the science behind your 15Five check-in? Check this out!