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working with me

29 May 2019
3 minutes

Working with a new coworker is like taking a walk in an unknown city. You aren’t sure what to expect. You don’t know if you will like it. You’re not even sure if the local culture will align with yours. To make it easier and more enjoyable for my new colleagues, I thought I could write a bit more about who I am.

My first name is Frédéric, but it’s hard to pronounce for English speakers: I won’t be offended if you screw it up. In reality, I prefer (want?) you to call me and write Fred (no accent) . For whatever reason, if you write my full name, please use Frédéric Harper, or Frederic Harper. No stress with the accent, just don’t write Fred Harper. Unfortunately many systems these days still don’t use UTF-8 encoding. Complicated right?

I’m an intense and passionate person, and I love what I do for a living, so work is not an exception. I can come up as impatient (not my greatest skill), but I’m a firm believer that nothing is truly urgent in life. I’m quite laid back, so no stress, seriously!

I’m someone assertive, transparent and an extrovert. It definitely translates in the way I’m interacting with others. Also, keep in mind that English isn’t my first language. My one request for you is to always assume I have the best intentions. My goal is never to offend anyone, and please, let me know if I do.

I learned to be pretty good with work life balance. It means that I’m not checking my emails or Slack during the evenings or weekends when I’m not at an event. I also use the pomodoro technique, which means that I focus on tasks 25 minutes at the time. I avoid notifications as much as possible, but don’t worry, I always get back to everyone, no matter the medium.

Nowadays, everyone is ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). It’s a spectrum and I’m at the far right of it. It’s more complex than that, but it means that my focus is grabbed by anything my mind fancy at the time. I learned to cope with most life issues related to it, so you won’t see any impact on my work, but definitely in-person.

I could write a lot more about myself, but the goal is not to bore you. I felt those points were important as they can have a positive (or negative) impact on our new work relationship. In the end, I get shit done and I hope we’ll have fun together!

  1. 2019-05-29 - Reply

    Thanks for sharing, Frédéric — the gesture of writing this for your colleagues is very thoughtful and creative. I find myself inspired to do the same (some day;)

  2. 2019-05-30 - Reply

    The pleasure is mine!