When reviewing purchase and sales orders in either Dashboard or sales and purchase lists, at the moment we have to open each order to review general situation.
We use the order Note field to describe any circumstance or special status. For example "waiting for shipment to come in" or "waiting for payment" or "consolidating supplier order". There could be any circumstance that is holding up progress.
Whether on the dashboard or lists, the only way currently is to open the order.
It would be much more efficient to show the note field content when hovering over the order record. At the moment hovering over simply displays the text of what the cursor is currently over so there should be nothing lost.