Briefing Checklist in Caregiving Team Communication
Briefing sessions. We all have them. Usually first thing in the morning. Of course, planning is an integral part of working in a long-term care community, but let’s add a little fun to your briefing sessions.
During your morning briefing sessions, staff has the opportunity to discuss issues, concerns, and expectations. Everyone can share and update information before starting the day. So, how can you make a briefing session more efficient, effective, and fun?
Are you on the edge of your seat yet? Good.
Let’s go through the CareStory approved checklist together:
- Ice-Breaker! — We know time is of the essence in a long-term care community, but a quick ice-breaker will help to ground the team and get everyone focused. Maybe a quick movie recommendation or an opportunity to share a story.
- Team Members and Their Roles — We have a lot of colleagues. Sometimes we are on the same team, sometimes we are not. We should always check in to see who is on the current team and what his/her specific role is.
- Shared Goals — Always discuss what the team should achieve before working. All team members need to understand, agree with, and work on the same goals so that you can ensure that everyone’s contribution adds up to the maximum value!
- Agreed Workload — Make sure all team members identify the tasks they need to achieve, their responsibilities for the day, and their hours of work (including shifts). Work Breakdown Structure Diagrams, Task sheets, and Gantt Charts are some great team management tools!
- Team Building Exercises — End the meeting with a quick team-building exercise (for example, dance part or cheer) that gets everyone up and moving and brings high energy out on the floor.
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