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Jack Levinson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816650811

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816650811.001.0001

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Expertise and the Work of Staff Meetings

Expertise and the Work of Staff Meetings

(p.145) 7 Expertise and the Work of Staff Meetings
Making Life Work

Jack Levinson

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines the significance of staff meetings at Driggs House. A weekly staff meeting was conducted at Driggs House every Thursday afternoon, from 2:00 to 5:00. Its length was one indication of the complexity of work coordination and, for both legal and clinical reasons, the value placed on efficient communication and consensus across shifts. The general tone of the meetings reflected the informal camaraderie that generally characterized staff relationships. There were three kinds of business conducted at the meetings: administrative issues (staff shift schedules and certain group home procedures), employment issues (benefits and payroll), and resident issues (work on conduct and interventions, medical issues, and concerns related to other programs). Resident issues were given the most attention.

Keywords:   staff meetings, Driggs House, work coordination, camaraderie, staff relationships, group home procedures, residents

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