I came across this idea of having a manual for working with someone in Elad Gil's High Growth Handbook. It is a short document containing how one work, their preferred feedback style and so on.
My first reaction was: What a crazy Silicon Valley idea? The person must be a megalomaniac to write a manual to work with instead of spending time with colleagues. After all, the purpose of working in a co-located office space is to know people more and work better.
Then it stuck to me, ok wait, maybe this is not a bad idea if you are a remote worker. Every encounter over Skype/Zoom across different time zone is quite precious. To make it meaningful and effective, this might be a good idea.
But now I am very convinced that everyone should have a manual written and make it accessible to their colleagues.
One of the biggest challenges, when you are in a new job, is, on-boarding. How quickly someone can understand the people's workstyle, company's processes and start contributing to it is a big challenge. PeopleOps or HR of every company makes it as a priority to get this done right.
Whenever I join a new company or a team or a new boss, I tend to soak in and read up all the materials written by them or about them. Watch all the videos in which they are featured. This helps me to get the context better and communicate better.
In that same vein, a user manual with my manager will reduce the learning time and close the feedback loop faster. The 1-on-1 meetings and face-to-face interactions could be much more productive and relaxed.
Inspired by @BaselSamil's effort of writing a public book, I think I want to take up this idea to be written publicly over a 5 to 10 days instalment in 200WaD.
A minor challenge is there are websites like Work With Me, that gives a templatized version of the same. Maybe I will write a bunch here and compile it there.
What do you think about this effort?