Managing practice

Managing work - Team load management

This draws on workload data to provide the whole team with a useful picture of where its energies are going. It is essentially a local measure to aid the team in its service development and ultimately the organisation. It allows trends, successes, redundant activity to be spotted and adjustments made.

You and the team can aggregate the workload management format to give a picture of the whole team's activity. Is this how you should be spending your time: what proportion of the work should be given to direct contact with service users, how much time to recording: how many meetings do you want to have? Are some activities getting too much attention at the expense of others?

This activity gives you a very helpful background against which to try out some of the team development exercises which are in the Team and Service Development section.