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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How to balance guiding someone vs micromanaging someone?

Recently my manager has made me more of a lead role in helping shape some of the new devs on the team. I have a lot of experience with the codebase they are dealing with and so he sometimes simply ...
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is it okay to mention “short commute” being a big factor during a job hunt?

I will graduate college in a couple of months and have already been on a couple of interviews last year. As I am doing some preparations, I was wondering about something. Before the interview, the ...
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How to objectively counter “You are the first one to complain about that.”?

I've been facing this situation for some time where our office's management keep choosing the cheapest option whenever they have to pay for anything related to our work environment or company travels. ...
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How to communicate with vendors when your company is past due on accounts payable? [closed]

Background: I work for a small company that is struggling through an economic downturn. Due to this bills are consistently being paid 60-120 days past due. This has meant some of our vendors have ...
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How can ask professional for forwarding my e-mail to person who is responsible for purchases? [closed]

I try to expand my distribution network. I have big database with potential companies. For some of them I know who is responsible for purchases but for most of them I have just e-mail of sales ...
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What to expect as feedback meetings from immediate manager? [closed]

Generally how much time one should expect from their immediate manager to spend on feedback to help improve and advance career wise? I am in a case where there are no regular personal discussions ...
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Helping non-technical people in technical role

I'm currently looking for part time work. I have been in touch with a radio company however I can't quit understand what it is they want. For example they emailed me saying: First off, we will ...
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Boss working on project creating errors [duplicate]

While I was on vacation my boss worked on my software project trying to fix some things. What ended up happening is that nothing was really fixed and instead a bunch of bugs were created. This caused ...
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How can I manage different expectations from different personnel in different positions?

It's 7 months I am working in this company and I never had this kind of problem in my life. I am a web developer / software developer. Recently I started programming in C and C++ on an embedded ...
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Is whispering at work unprofessional?

I've always been of the opinion that whispering at work should be reserved for things like pointing out a wardrobe malfunction and not for extended conversation. Is it unprofessional to whisper when ...
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Is it professional to question my boss about their constantly interrupting me? [closed]

I’m in my school’s co-op program and the last placement I was a solo developer. There were communication issues between me and my boss and I would like to avoid such in the future. Every hour my boss ...
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How to tell my superior that they are making a misinformed decision? [duplicate]

I would like to first inform you that I am being vague with specifics intentionally to protect myself, as I am aware that some of my coworkers browse Workplace Stack. My superior often goes to one ...
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How to explain that I prefer working alone?

I'm an introvert. I don't enjoy to be around people, and when I have to do work with people around me, it kills my productivity. My current job is remote, I work from my home (or wherever I want to ...
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Why is a non-competing company I interviewed at not responding to my attempts at communicating in a business context?

In late 2014 I interviewed at a nearby company. The interview went well, but afterward when it came time to discuss compensation, my requirements apparently made the interstitial recruiter angry. The ...
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How to politely tell coworkers that their input is unnecessary or unneeded?

I am a manager at a company which has struggled the past 2 years with the changing market and due to this has had several budget constraints. Just recently I finally got a budget to redesign one of ...
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How to respond to an apology email from boss?

I have received an apology email from my CEO for springing last minute, poorly managed company duties one late Friday afternoon which resulted me to work back and deal with an urgent matter that ...
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Sent offer letter to another employer [closed]

Yesterday I received an offer from a company and signed and sent it back. The job does not start for another three weeks and I had an offer to work from home for a fraction of that salary. So I ...
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My manager is rearranging my workspace without consulting me, should I challenge them about it?

I am the only software developer in a company and I have my own private office. This is relatively rare (but not unique) in this company for a non-manager. I have discovered that they are going to ...
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Can I tell my manager that I don't believe him?

I have some signs that my manager is not giving due credit to my work. To come out of that I requested him to send the mail for any work assigned. He politely told me that, that is not required and ...
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What to do when a client is correcting spelling and grammar mistakes that aren't actually mistakes? [duplicate]

During my last job, on my first project, my boss showed some feedback from a client on a mockup. One of the things the client pointed out was that one of the feedback messages on the mockup had a ...
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How to obtain faster responses from remote coworkers?

I am the sole developer on a 6 year old project involving multiple platforms. I have taken over maintaining this project and adding new features. In attempting to accomplish certain tasks, such as ...
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What to do when a new employee makes basic spelling and grammar mistakes?

The company my other half works for has recently employed a new admin assistant, but she is constantly making basic spelling and grammar mistakes. A few examples would be which/witch, your/you're, ...
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How to provide constructive feedback on a colleague to the manager?

Background : I work as a senior engineer in a software project (~3 years old). Recently, a new engineer was added to work with me for a couple of months to help resolve some of the issues (bug fixes) ...
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How to encourage standard and centralized business processes in a smaller company? [closed]

I work in IT audit in a medium sized company (~1500 full time employees). Many issues I encounter and document can be traced back to lack of process centralization / standardization. As a result of ...
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Conflict with a colleague: How to explain the situation when asked

As this is a common question amongst the upper tier tech companies, I thought I'd seek some advice. The question typically goes in one of two forms: "Tell me a time when you had a conflict with a ...
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Was it underhanded of my employer not to specify the hours before extending an offer? [closed]

Is this an underhanded employment tactic not to specify hours until paperwork has already been signed? I'm part-time, everyone else is full-time, but the descriptions were identical, and everyone was ...
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How do i deal with my colleague criticizing me all the time?

I work in a project/team in my organisation which comprises of 6 people. One of my team member has a very bad habit of criticizing me and it seems that he wants to snub me on every little thing. He ...
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Applying for a company whose offer I declined a few years ago

A couple of years ago, I got an offer for a low-salary internship at a company. I declined for various reasons (not only because of the low salary), and went another path instead, because at the time ...
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When to use what method for communication? e-mail, text, IM etc [on hold]

Has there been any studies on when it's best to use which technology for communication? In this day and age there are too many methods of remote communication and it gets to the point where they're ...
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Hiring developers for a chaotic environment: what to tell candidates?

Management is strictly not hiring a candidate to establish a process or fix our existing process. I recognize that no workplace is perfect, but I feel that this might be a gray area between something ...
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How to positive explain my decision to move to another country?

I want to move to a different country because of my country's poor economic situation. The unemployment rate is high, and salaries are pretty low. I have a good education, and believe that I could ...
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How to respond to a co-worker that minimizes my position or makes jokes? Sometimes in front of others [closed]

I have been working detail assignment for the last 18 months that required a certain skill set and certifications. Not many people put it for the assignment at the time because many did not ...
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I am a 19 year old web developer living with my boss, but I am not happy with the current arrangement [closed]

At the beginning of 2015, I started my gap year (a year I had planned for travelling and adventuring, starting immediately after I finished Grade 12). My plan was to start university in 2016 to do a ...
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Is it okay for my family to intervene when my boss treats me unfairly in the first few days of work?

I'm an 18 year old student who just started a part time job a few days ago. This was what happened: I went for the interview for the part time job and was told that the boss's wife would give me a ...
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Difficulty in understanding Manager's accent(language and communication) [duplicate]

I am working for an IT company and recently got moved to a different team. Obviously, under a different Manager. My Manager is so compatible in all terms. However,I have a problem. I am not able to ...
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Director wants me to draft an 'internal reference letter' - about me. How should I go about this?

In an effort to make this meet the rules of 'The Workplace', I'm looking for generalized advice and will only be providing a high level overview of what's going (which also happens to help with ...
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How do I get noticed at work? [duplicate]

I work as a junior SQL developer in a small software company. In my project, my team leader assigns me tasks on a daily basis and I usually finish my coding tasks on time. At the end of day, I send a ...
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How can I improve my relationship with a senior coworker who is not like me? [closed]

I am working in a mechanical company in electrical maintenance, when I got this job I was unemployed and my interviewer did not give me a suitable position according to my qualification. I'm diploma ...
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Is it professional to wish Merry Christmas to somebody I don't know personally?

Currently I am in the process of discussing some job related business with my future manager. I have been accepted on the job, subject to his final agreement, which he appears to be willing to make. I ...
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Is it reasonable to ask that all technical discussions be carried out in the national language? [duplicate]

I work in a small company in a country where the national language is English, and the majority of developers only speak English, recently three developers were teamed up to work on a feature, two of ...
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How do you act when team members are quarreling?

Few weeks ago several team members were "friendly" discussing a problem at work. They have been under lot of pressure lately due to a project running past its deadline in addition to pressure from the ...
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How can I be civil with my highly opinionated colleague at my new job?

I work in a small office and as a result have to interact with said colleague mostly everyday. Whenever we are alone, which is quite a lot as we share the same room, he wants to chat me up. He brings ...
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Need help with writing Professional Emails to clients? [closed]

I have joined a software development company as a software engineer trainee/intern. I am learning the development processes of the project for which i have been hired. I work in the offshore team for ...
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Quitting new job after two weeks. Do I really need to give two weeks notice? [duplicate]

I started my job two weeks ago and knew from day 1 it was a bad fit. So disorganized and nothing like the interviews. Staying here would be like going backwards 5 years in my experience. I work in IT. ...
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Coworkers constantly make fun of my buying habits

I work in a small startup of 10 people in a house converted to an office that's spread across 3 floors. I am friendly with all coworkers including people from another startup that's sharing the space. ...
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How to Ask for proper supervision (and is that even necessary?)

I'm an apprentice in Computer Science in Germany (speciality software development). I'm currently working on several projects at work. I have been there for 5 months yet. In the first 4 months of ...
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I am taking over all of a coworkers projects, but nothing is communicated to me officially

I work at medium sized (say 50-100 employees) a software industry company for about 2.5 years now, in Germany. We do not have a strict company hierarchy, so technically everyone can just go to anyone ...
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How should I behave well when I meet with my director? [closed]

Well, I'm doing a job in a private institute. The director is very nice person and supportive. I have to give status reports of my job, he has given me one job and it's going to one entire year and ...
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How to take vacation days within first year without looking like a slacker

So I just got a new job that I really like A LOT, and the vacation policy is quite generous (15 accrued days and 7 floating days). I plan on taking them all next year due to planned outings and music ...
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How to deal with unrealistic expectations? Enforcing a way to handle them

I handle a small development team in a startup company. We are limited in resources and amount of people in the team. But recently, the owner of the company started asking ridiculous and unrealistic ...