If you have the luxury, it is best to represent these agreements at your first group meeting. I know for some of you in the classroom that time may have already passed and in such cases it is normal to enter into attendance agreements later in the school year, just expect some resistance (see the article on resistance that is coming soon!). For example, in mindfulness`s substance abuse curriculum, which I helped develop, we spend most of the first session discussing group agreements. As a result, I have the opportunity to use these agreements during the 12 meetings, which leads to a more confident and closed group. Finally, you should reach agreement on all points and ensure that everyone can intervene in the debate. Keep the agreement for use in future meetings or workshops with the same group, but register each time to make sure everyone is always satisfied. You can, for example, add something to the agreement. What would someone do if they complied with this agreement? Last year, we worked with a group of computer experts who, for the first time, were overwhelmed by the use of group contracts with a group. Many of them had technical skills but did not have the ability to work well in their project groups. Their meetings with customers and employees were too often chaotic. If you are working with a group that is working on a long-term project or is working on a long period of time, it is advisable to spend a little more time developing a long-term group agreement. If you take more time to decide on a group agreement, it can sometimes be a little frustrating, but the more time you spend at the beginning of the process, the more problems will be stored later. If you work with the group again, the agreement should be retained for future meetings or workshops (particularly important for project teams).
Whenever you do a workshop or meeting with the group, you should check the group agreement and make sure everyone is always satisfied. If something has to change, change it. Remember that the team and the best of them in the time you have. There are many ways to create group agreements. To decide to use them, you can consider some of the following: whether the group will work together in the longer term, what is the controversy over the topic of the meeting or workshop, how long you have and how much confidence the group has in you as a mediator.