Actions to take
This is an opportunity for the whole team to share their experiences, and reflect on what has gone well and what can be improved on the next production.
Think about topics you want to cover and ask your team for input about what they’d like to discuss and reflect on.
Communicating effectively during the meeting
When you start your meeting, focus on learning, not blaming – even if there have been difficult experiences.
Be respectful and offer feedback in a kind and constructive manner and give everyone space to speak without judgement.
Ensure anyone who can’t attend the meeting has the opportunity to either share their insights with a trusted member of the team – or give them the option to share via email or anonymously in an online survey.
Be sure to thank everyone for their valuable feedback and summarise key takeaways and actions in a follow-up email.
In this guide, you can:
- Understand the importance of a wash-up meeting
- See how to plan your wash-up meeting and find agenda ideas
Ensure these conversations give people the opportunity to talk about which elements of the working culture, atmosphere and set-up worked for them and what they’d like to see change.
Giving constructive feedback to all crew at the end of a project can really benefit ongoing development.
However, interviews should be optional, and freelancers may have concerns about the process impacting employability, so be patient if take-up is gradual.
In this guide you can:
- See what to consider when conducting exit interviews
- Find sample questions that you can include in individual interviews
This might have been caused by the project itself, job search anxiety, or not having enough time to assess how they feel until the project has finished.
Some team members may also still be contacted by contributors after filming has ended.
So, remember to continue to offer support for those still working on the project, alongside those who have just finished.
Signpost the following sources of support to freelancers either in their exit interview or as they leave the project:
- The Film and TV Charity’s Freelancer Wellbeing Hub, includes a wellbeing check-in and tips to help when in between contracts
- The free 24/7 Film and TV Support Line can signpost to support when looking for the next job: 0800 054 0000
- If you have an employee assistance programme, share any contacts and details again with your crew shortly before contracts are due to end
Our case study from Lorna Buchanan, HR Business Partner for STV, highlights:
- The importance of holding exit interviews
- Why the opportunity for crew to express their views when their contract concludes is essential