Leading Program Teams: Virtual check-in using padlet General Resource - Review and consider possibilities

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Leading Program Teams: Virtual check-in using padlet
A shot of the mental health check-in padlet

Description

When leading groups or teams, a check-in process at the beginning of each meeting helps to build rapport. Here is an example of a virtual check-in process using Padlet. It focuses on mental health, especially created for use during COVID-19 times.

Overview

When facilitating, I usually do a check-in process at the beginning of each meeting, just to see how everyone is going. We can usually tell how someone is going by how they look and how they behave, it's not so easy in a video conferencing context.

For our Program Leaders' Network July 2020 lunch box session, I tried something new. I created a virtual collaboration space to ask how our members were going.

A few of our leaders were keen to do something similar with their teams. Here's what I did:

  1. I searched for content I could use to prompt colleagues to reflect on their mental health. I found this weekly mental health check-in template from the Black Dog Institute.
  2. I adapted the template into a padlet gallery and popped in a couple of responses.
  3. Then sent the link to colleagues https://padlet.com/scarruthers3/mtc1jyp4cj1s3bef via our MS Teams space before the meeting. I then put the link in the chat when the meeting started.
  4. Below is the padlet I sent in the previous link. I've removed people's responses, so you can copy this one and adapt it for your own use.

Made with Padlet

Considerations

This check-in process encourages colleagues to reflect on their levels of stress (and other indicators of wellbeing) during the COVID 19 pandemic. The padlet activity is a fun way of bringing the topic of mental health into a conversation - Help to reduce stigma and support people to be proactive about accessing resources and seeking help.

IMPACT When I used it, we had about 30% of our colleagues add to the padlet. We also had a very lively and authentic conversation in the meeting that followed. I had several colleagues contact me that day, with questions about how to create one for their own teams. Unfortunately, I'm not able to track how many people opened the Black Dog information link, or accessed other support services as a result of the activity.

"Really liked the checking-in activity. It wasn't so much about connecting to other colleagues (as it was anonymous). I liked it as it was about me and enabled me to see what others were thinking / feeling."
"I actually liked this idea for my students and it's inspired me to look into PebblePad for my courses. It was good to see others' responses."

Enabling Technology

I found Padlet pretty easy to use, with little experience. Just be sure to check the box that keeps participants anonymous. I added a couple of fun gifs and images to create a light tone. Griffith has subscribed to Padlet, so it's free for staff to create your own. There are heaps of resources available to help you.

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Preferred Citation

Carruthers, S (2020). Leading Program Teams: Virtual check-in using padlet. Retrieved from https://app.secure.griffith.edu.au/exlnt/entry/9689/view