People should have manuals too, especially on the workfloor.
Every person works differently. My lord, I would have saved myself so many hours and pointless discussions if I would have realised this sooner. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately and decided to write myself a ‘user manual’, a guide on how you can work with me.
At first, it was mainly something I did for myself. It helped me understanding when and how I do my best work, what makes some projects run really smooth for me and what doesn’t, and so on. But then I started sharing it with some colleagues and people I started working with. It has helped speeding up these relationships (especially new ones) and has had a massive impact on teamwork. It makes it easier knowing who should do what and how to handle each other.
From now on, I always ask people I’ll work with to write one too and will share mine upfront. It is a bit scary because there are some things in there I’d rather not share or tell anyone. But I do believe that being open about it will only be positive in the long run.
So, here it is. If you have worked with me and miss something in this document, please let me know.