A direct report is someone within a workplace who is responsible for reporting directly to a manager, supervisor, team leader—or someone else who is positioned above them within the organizational hierarchy dictated within the workplace. Direct reports may also be known as subordinates and those they report to may be known as their superiors within the organization. 

The relationship between a direct report and their superior may involve communication, task delegation, performance evaluation, and day-to-day guidance to ensure the company’s goals are met.

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