Have you ever worked on a team and wondered who was supposed to be doing what? Or have you ever been on a team and your assumptions were met with a misunderstanding around roles? If your answer is yes, to either question… please keep reading. In this blog post, I will share a bit about Working Agreements. I hope you learn what Working Agreements are, how to create them, and how to keep them updated.
Working Agreements are the things a team or a group of people agree upon while working together toward a common goal. If you think about this in the context of work you could think of a group of people working on a project together and they want to lay the ground rules of how they will work together. You would see topics such as:
Taking this same concept into a home life example you could see this with your own children while establishing chores. The topics you might discuss could look similar to the below list:
As you see the questions are similar for both the work and home life example because Working Agreements are useful in both spaces.
Creating Working Agreements is fairly simply. However, following the below guidelines is high recommended:
To create Working Agreements, you can follow the below steps:
When this is complete, you can go back and update this as many time as needed to ensure the Working Agreement is a living document. You may want to update the Working Agreement if new people join your group, changes in the common goal, or when something isn’t working for someone in the group.
Through this blog, I hope you see the value of Working Agreements and how easy they are to create.