Questions about addressing difficult or complicated communication issues in the workplace. Communication in the workplace may take place in many forms (email, phone, face-to-face, IM) and between a variety of parties (coworkers, managers, reports, clients).

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Apologising professionally

At my company we have flexible hours but sometimes, according to a schedule, we have to stay on till late to lock up and switch everything off. I've only done this a few times and normally I switch ...
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Asking for Confirmation of my Upcoming Job Offer

I am currently working a student co-op position at a company. It's like an internship, except I take time off of school to work full-time for the company. This is intended to be three semesters of ...
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My performance heavily suffers from distractions and partial code rewrites. How can I fix this? [on hold]

Some background: I'm a diagnosed person with Asperger's syndrom (a high-function form of autism) who works at a smallish IT company (about 25 employees). My autism mainly manifests in diffulty in ...
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How Do I Ask for my pending Salary from previous company [closed]

Assume that I was work in Company "A" and Now Work in Company "B". issue for resignation in Company "A" is irregular time for salary, irregular projects and bad behave of CEO. Now let me explain ...
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How to maintain good relationships across the company when boss doesn't want me to help anyone except my immediate team?

Partly because our team is overwhelmed, my manager asked me a few months ago to turn down any requests for help or information from the rest of the company unless extremely critical to our own job. ...
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How to communicate more clearly, after a superior said the way I speak sounds f-'d up?

Today I had a conversation with a superior who is some kind of a "mentor" to me within the company. After a few meetings in which he was also present he told me I need to work on the clarity in the ...
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startup etiquette: employee and supervisor meeting without me [closed]

I am the cofounder / CTO of a very small startup, ~4 people. We recently had to let go 2 people for differing reasons. As a result, we moved one engineer from working mostly on metrics to work on our ...
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How to work in a group where criticism of actions is very difficult? [on hold]

There is a group of people: one from Sweden, one from Russia and one from Kazastan in a project about petreleum drilling. Those two (Russian and Kasastan one) agrees on everything what they decide. ...
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How to coordinate people during a period of personal emotional issues?

This may be part of a broader question that could be "how to focus on work during a period of personal emotional issues", but in my specific case, I am a manager and my day-to-day work involves both ...
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Does professional, collaborative experience correlate with communication skill? [closed]

I recently asked another question about people's years of experience and skill at their job. A common response was that even if years of experience don't necessarily help people do their job better, ...
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asking for change in work assigned to m [closed]

I have newly joined existing project team,i am not happy with the current work assigned to me by the team lead, can i ask my lead for change in module
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Asking for promotion to manager

I have been working with a IT company for 3 years with the same title and salary. This year I was supposed to get a promotion but it did not happen. How can I ask my manager for the reason behind it? ...
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How do I ask my boss for the commission raise I was guarateed in writing

I have been working for my present employer for 5 yrs. When I was hired I signed a contract, as did he, guaranteeing that my commission rate will increase January 1 of each year by one half of one ...
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Asking manager for more work politely [duplicate]

I joined in an IT company 3 years back but around 2 weeks back i got transferred to a new location under new manager.I have not yet assigned with any work.How do i ask politely to my manager to assign ...
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Paid lunch vs unpaid - new job issue [closed]

I don't know if you would consider this a misunderstanding, or that I am naive not to have got exact details but this is basically what happened.. I just started a new job as the web designer for a ...
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How to reply to large number of cross-company e-mails that require a lot of research, problem-solving and communicating tech ideas to non-tech people? [closed]

I recently started feeling too much was on my plate and in an effort to help me become more efficient, my boss asked me to keep track of all my tasks and record the time I require. I am a new manager ...
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How do I get my family to respect my home office?

I got my current job a few years ago when the company had a second office near my hometown. A few months later they closed that office and offered me the opportunity to work from home instead. I ...
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Applying to two positions in the same company

I recently applied for a position in three separate divisions of the same company (goverment organization, actually). The organization is big enough that the respective managers would not know each ...
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How to deal with low quality colleagues in a way that satisfies management [duplicate]

I have come to the conclusion that most managers are more interested in PR and keeping "low tones" among teams and individuals than getting the job done. (They want to avoid heated arguments). For ...
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How much information should I give when declining a job offer [closed]

I need to declined a job offer soon, probably today. My question is how much information should I give them when declining the offer. Should I share the details that went into my decision making or ...
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How do I give feedback to a manager that doesn't see the forest for the trees?

I recently completed a migration from one server to another of a service I manage that affects over 4,000 users, and it all went off without any interruption or degradation in functionality. The few ...
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How to Inform Coworkers of Vacation Schedule

We use Outlook to handle our schedules and the current way we inform people who have a vested interest in our absence is by creating a meeting request for the time out of office and including people ...
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“Which is the correct way of writing a Planned/future Leave Request Email”?

I need to write a leave application for taking a planned/future date leave. Which is the correct way of writing the following lines:- I won't be able to attend the office on Oct 15 as i have to go ...
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How to ask reports not to advertise team's mistakes?

Everyone makes mistakes. Sometimes they are silly, sometimes they are critical and unexpected, and sometimes they are both. But the worst thing is to embarrass in public those who made the mistake! I ...
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How to handle a manager that seems to react out of personal grudge?

I used to have a good relationship with my direct team manager (I am a software engineer). But turned out that all is fine as long as you agree with him and be submissive. I had noticed that he takes ...
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Theft from communal kitchen causing issues across teams [duplicate]

I have reviewed how can we prevent theft of food from shared fridges by coworkers and whilst similar I think the differences warrant me posting this as a separate question. Me and my team (12 in ...
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How to offer a good apology

This morning I ended up missing a teleconference that I regularly host with two peers on another continent. I was doing research and lost track of time. I rely heavily on my Outlook notifications ...
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How to approach the subject of studying abroad for half a year with my employer?

I work as full-time programmer and also study, masters of computer science. There is a good opportunity for me to go to South Korea and study there for one semester. What I hope to do: keep my job, ...
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How to handle interruptions/distractions by colleagues at work? [duplicate]

I work in an organization where my job is usually a Desk job. Many a times when I am busy, some of my team members seeks for some help related to work. Being a professional, I always leave my ...
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How to convince my team leader not to lose faith in me? [closed]

I am in a company for 3 months now in these 3 months I have missed my deadlines and gave faulty codes and each time I asked apology and assured him of better performance but I couldn't do due to ...
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How to repair my leadership after failing to be assertive to my team?

I have been a manager for two years now. During the first year, I performed really well and was held in high regard by both my superiors and my reports. During the second year, I spent a lot of time ...
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How to to document conversations, facts and History in the project?

I am working as team leader of developer team for IT department of US based Client. Our main objective is to deliver web based product for customer care department. For current project we have ...
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How do I lose the impression that I'm bullying the customer?

Boss C is project manager for our team, although his usual function is to manage the dev group. There are three workers on the team: me (business analyst), the dev, and SQA (the tester). Our ...
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dealing with competitiveness with a colleague who is senior [closed]

I have joined my team almost a year ago. About 6 months back a new team member has joined my team. The new team mate is at the same position/ designation as me. The new team member is considerably ...
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Client behavior seems to weird. I don't understand how to take it? [closed]

I am working as Technical team lead for a client. My client was happy with my work and I received good feedback. We had recently started a new project. And we faced a few challenges. Because of these ...
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How to explain to “clients” of a free service that they should adjust their expectations since its free? [closed]

I work at / co-founded a non profit organization that provides a free service pro bono (something like free lessons/consultations, often in groups). Obviously, since it is free, there are aspects to ...
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how to mix up and be friendly with colleagues? [closed]

My apologies if this question looks weird but I really need help. My issue is I feel it hard to mix up with others in office; and not only in office in general I will say. I like to be involved with ...
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How to properly communicate to boss that we lack, and need more, time and/or manpower? [duplicate]

My work consists in doing a number of projects with multiple different teams across the company, as well as handling some day-to-day requests from individual colleagues, again across different ...
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Should I explain that I am quitting because of another coworker?

I work for a very small startup software company. Just over a year ago, a close friend of mine joined our team. At the time I was very enthusiastic about working with them, but now after getting to ...
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How to convey I am overwhelmed without damaging perceptions and lateral relationships at company?

Half of my work are orders from my direct manager, the other half requires that I address specific needs across the whole company - mostly lateral in authority but also a few senior managers. My ...
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Getting your voice heard on out of scope problems

The situation: I work for a large European based multinational corporation on an IT implementation. I am based out of the only major North American location. My project is presently unfeasable due ...
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How should I approach my manager to ask if bringing fiancée to work would be okay? [closed]

My fiancée has recently had some major issues with family, and she's finding it hard to be on her own. We recently moved to a new city and she hasn't started university yet, and as such hasn't got any ...
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Dealing with a situation where my colleague demands i repeat documentation in their format even if it means duplication [closed]

Dealing with a situation where my colleague demands i repeat documentation in their format even when i have it somewhere else already documented with the way i want it to be formatted. This truly is ...
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How to handle pressure when I am not fully in control of the issue (and it is beyond my skills)? [closed]

I am responsible for delivering different final product/service requests to Team A (usually Customer Sales, Business Developers, sometimes the CEO himself) using in-house-built Software that is ...
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How to encourage decision-makers to communicate their viewpoints more openly?

I am a newly hired C-level worker at a very small company (less than 30 staff) and am part of the decision-making body. It is my first time at this level of responsibility and here is my first ...
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How can I deal with a very lazy co-worker? [closed]

I'm working as a software developer at a startup in Istanbul/Turkey where there are only 2 full-time developers (including me) and 3 part-time staff (tester, developer, ux designer). Yesterday I had ...
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How to deal with a situation where my colleague thinks being simple is more important than being correctly organized in my documentation [closed]

I have a common shared task with my colleague where we need to get some work done by another team that has jumped in to help us with some dead lines coming up, since the 2 of us don't have the ...
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How to be honest when my boss doesn't want to hear the truth? [duplicate]

New Boss:"Is the deadline realistic? Answer yes or no. No maybes." Me:"Well, no..." New Boss:"That's an unacceptable answer. We must meet that deadline." That's just one of many ...
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How can I correct someone's incorrect use of a term in my field?

Background: Why is terminology important? Someone once told me -- possibly a math professor -- that what separates the amateurs from the professionals is that the professionals in a field use ...
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What is a professional way to stay in touch?

I am just about to finish an under graduate work placement that I have been on for the last few months. During my time I have been working on a project with someone as a supervisor (he was not my line ...