Reporting with workload

Asana's Workload feature provides teams with a holistic view of individual and collective capacities. In this article, we'll explore the differences between portfolio and universal workload, creating workload reports, and implementing best practices for effective workload management.

What is workload in Asana?

Workload in Asana is a bird's eye view of a team’s capacity. It goes beyond task lists and project timelines, offering a comprehensive understanding of the workload each team member is shouldering. It provides a visual representation of tasks, allowing team leads and members to make informed decisions about resource allocation.

Difference between portfolio workload and universal workload

  • Capacity in a portfolio vs. All of Asana: Portfolio workload focuses on the work within a specific portfolio, giving managers insight into the workload distribution across various projects. On the other hand, universal workload encompasses the entire Asana workspace, providing a broader perspective on an individual's commitments across all projects.
  • Work focused vs. User focused View: Portfolio workload operates on a "Work focused" view, highlighting the capacity for specific tasks within the portfolio. Universal workload, in contrast, adopts a "User focused" view, capturing a user's workload across all projects, including subtasks.
  • Universal workload captures subtasks: One notable distinction is that universal workload captures not only tasks but also subtasks. This inclusivity ensures a more accurate representation of an individual's total workload, considering all project intricacies.

Creating a portfolio workload

To view a portfolio’s workload:

  1. Navigate to the desired portfolio
  2. Click on the Workload tab
  3. Customize your view based on team members, dates, and workload settings

Team members who have tasks assigned to them in projects within the portfolio will show in the workload view. 

You can view the tasks assigned to each team member by clicking the drop-down arrow next to their name. You can also hover over the number to see the task count. This will allow you to reassign tasks if necessary and address bottlenecks.  

You can create a team portfolio, where you can add all your team’s projects.

Creating a universal workload

Universal workload allows you to view the entire capacity of a team by pulling data from tasks and subtasks across all projects into a workload view.


  1. Navigate to Reporting
  2. Click + Create
  3. Choose Workload
  4. Adjust filters and settings to tailor the view to your specific needs

Learn more about filters in universal workload here.

Managing workload best practices

  • Alignment on effort field: Ensure consistent use of the Effort field across all tasks. This field quantifies the estimated amount of workload by using task count or hours required for each task, providing a crucial data point for workload calculations.
  • Set max hours for portfolio or overall: Define maximum capacity for individuals within a portfolio or across the entire organization. This proactively prevents overloading team members and encourages realistic project planning.
  • Use due date ranges: If the work will be spread out, leverage due date ranges to provide flexibility in workload management. If not, use a single due date.

By integrating these features into your workflow and adhering to best practices, you can optimize workload management, enhance team efficiency, and navigate project complexities with ease.

Additional resources

Learn more with our Portfolio and universal workload article.

Learn how to leverage workload in our Gaining insights with Reporting virtual training.

Learn more about portfolio management with our Portfolios article.

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