Put a rug under me or I’ll break

I was inspired by Richard’s post ‘Helping other people get to know you’. Richard includes a great list of examples of ‘user manuals’ people have written to help others get the best from them at work. I have used the headings from Cassie Robinson.’s template, and referred to @jukesie’s own effort so that I don’t ramble on too much.

My organisation has really grown in the past couple of years, and given the nature of the work that I do there is a fairly high turnaround of people¹. This applies in my own team too. Also as I ease into middle age, I think I might be getting a bit eccentric. So, anything to help new people understand ‘me at work’ sounds like a good thing.

This is a tough exercise, and I expect I’ll revisit it. Here’s the first attempt.

Conditions I like to work in

The times / hours I like to work

The best ways to communicate with me

The ways I like to receive feedback

Things I need

Things I struggle with

Things I love

Other things to know about me

¹ A high turnaround just because people tend to move on every few years (or less) in the public service digital world, just in case I gave the wrong impression that I work in a punishing hell world

² I’ve never had an office of my own. Maybe one day

³ I do not have a scrapbook of wins

⁴ Such is the nature of physics

⁵ An awesome barber is really helping me with my smalltalk though

Head of Data Science at Citizens Advice. These are my personal thoughts on work.

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