Two important points about your Work With Me document:
You might want to estimate the reading time of your document and keep it to 5 minutes or less.
What do you value most in the world, in people, and/or in yourself? You might find it helpful to spend a few minutes googling “list of values” and finding the values that most resonate with you.
How do you act in the world? This can be a combination of descriptive and aspirational traits.
How do you best receive feedback, be it positive or negative?
What about when one of us wants to call you out in some way for something awesome you did, a great piece of advice you gave, an insight you had, or your amazing Cat Thursday shirt—how do you feel most comfortable receiving that recognition?
What hours do you usually work?
When do you prefer to work alone, versus in groups? How do your energy levels fluctuate through- out the day?
What should people expect from you when they reach out to you on Yammer, Email, or Slack? How should people best get your attention for urgent matters, during and out of your working
hours? What’s your relationship to work communication when not at work? What are your signs that you’d prefer to not be interrupted when at work?
When you don’t feel safe in a conversation, how does this manifest itself in your actions or affects? What about when you’re just not having an “on” or “good” day?
This might also be a good place to present recommendations for how we can be supportive towards you when you’ve gone to the Dark Side.
Any habits that of yours that can be easily misinterpreted? Here’s a good place to point them out.
I don’t expect this list to change your actions—but it might help you better understand and empathize with my reactions.
Any pet peeves we should know about? Knowing them may not, and shouldn’t be expected to, change others actions—but it might help us better understand and empathize with your reactions. In fact, you might want the disclaimer above to stay in your document.
What long term career goals do you have for yourself? What interests do you hope or plan for your future self to obsess over.
Anything you’d like us to know about yourself that makes you (gasp!) not perfect? If they are as- pects you’d like to change or are working on, this might be a good place to point out constructive and positive ways we can help you be aware of and take corrective action in the moment.
Let’s get to know one another! Here’s a great place to list things you’ve done / activities you love / conversations you’re (almost) always excited to have!