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Play of the month: Does your team know the new you?

We know a lot has changed during your time away from a physical office and that you’ve probably made some realizations when it comes to the ways in which you prefer to work. But do your teammates know what’s up? 🤔

Maybe you’ve shifted your working hours to accommodate a new hobby you’ve picked up. It’s possible that your preferences for all the various ways your team can reach and  communicate with you have changed. Or maybe the type of work environment you find yourself thriving in now is completely different from what it once was. Whatever the case may be, it’s important that the rest of your team knows the best way to work with the new you.

Personal user manuals not only help you and your team get to know and respect each other better, but they’ll also be helpful references as future teammates join. (And if you've made one of these in the past, now's the time to give it a refresh!) 

 

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We’d love to chat with you about how your work preferences and styles have changed over the past year and a half, and hear about what other important items you'll be adding to your user manual. Let us know below!

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DPK J Community Leader Jul 01, 2021

Nice idea.

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Alex Koxaras Community Leader Jul 02, 2021

This could be an icebreaker among teams. Clearly a good idea!

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Kristen Roth Atlassian Team Jul 02, 2021

It absolutely could be, @Alex Koxaras! My team is planning to take a few minutes durning our weekly team meeting each week to have one person go over their User Manual with the rest of the team. It'll be a great way to learn even more about each other.

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Alex Koxaras Community Leader Jul 02, 2021

Yes it would definitely be a great way to learn more! I honestly believe that all teams should behave like this. Unfortunately, you can't enforce anyone to be honest and open. It's all about (company's) culture :D  

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nice idea, promote your genuine-self :-)

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Great and simple! :) 

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Olga Videc Community Leader Jul 12, 2021

This is great, especially for people who changed their work during this time. 

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This is actually a useful idea. I had a very descriptive biography in my personal space, but I will actually implement something similar. Thank you!

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Kishan Sharma Community Leader Jul 26, 2021

Great idea to know more about your team!

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Caroline R Atlassian Team Jul 26, 2021

I love it! Will share this with my team! :) 

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Ajay _view26_ Community Leader Jul 30, 2021

Great Idea!

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nina_schmidt Community Leader Jul 31, 2021

Great idea! 

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Loving this idea! 💙 I think everyone in the company should have a page like this in the personal space.

Two things I would add:

  • How you can recognize I'm not doing well
  • Things that make me happy/Things I enjoy if you like to do me a favor
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This is a great exercise to know people in a squad. Thanks @Kristen Roth for sharing. I would try and let you know my feedback on this.

Cheers

Suvradip

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Kristen Roth Atlassian Team Aug 03, 2021

Those are great additions, @Svenja !

Kristen Roth Atlassian Team Aug 03, 2021

Please do, @Suvradip Paul !

Hi @Kristen Roth ,

 

This is really excellent idea.. Great stuff.. Thanks for sharing.

 

BR,

Prashant.

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Getting to know your workmates preferences is a great way to ensure effective communication. We're all different, but we need to remind ourselves of this. As a Manager, I'd also add that knowing what makes an employee tick is vital to getting the most out of them.

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This is a great idea.
Every member will get to know each other very people.

I'm not sure if my teammates have all the time and are comfortable writing a personal user manual.
We frequently review team objectives + adjust Working Agreements.

Good idea, thanks !!!

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Esme Crutchley Community Leader Sep 24, 2021

I have a 'Working with Esme Handbook' in all the proposals that I send to clients, that I co-wrote with my VA. Not only does my VA know how I prefer to work, but my clients are aware front a centre of my working hours, that I prefer to communicate on Voxer, a quick reference for their timezone and mine and what'll happen if they can't attend a session.

What an excellent idea! I will try it with my team! Thanks!

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