A direct report is an employee who formally reports to you. This generally means that you are directly responsible for assigning them work and managing their performance.An indirect report are the employees who report to your direct reports and their subordinates. Generally speaking, you are accountable for the performance of all indirect reports but do not management them directly.
Direct Report vs Indirect ReportA direct report is an employee who you are directly responsible for managing. The term implies formal authority for performance management.Indirect reports include anyone under your direct reports in an organizational hierarchy. You have authority over indirect reports by virtue of having authority over their boss. As such, you are accountable for their performance such as productivity and professional conduct.
ExampleThe CEO of a large firm has 18 direct reports and 13,400 indirect reports.---The head of an IT department has 12 direct reports and 320 indirect reports.---A manager in IT has 8 direct reports and no indirect reports.
|Direct Report||Indirect Report|
|Definition||Responsibility for managing an employee including performance management.||The direct reports of your direct reports and their subordinates.|
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