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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I got email from an employer where I applied. Is this a job offer or just a question? [on hold]

I got this email from an employer where I applied: Good Morning, Ms As I was scanning your application for the position of Housekeeping Specialist , I noticed that your home of record is outside ...
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Is this email a job offer or simply asking for more information? [on hold]

I received an email from a company I applied for a job to: Dear Jelena: Thank you for submitting your resume to for consideration. Before we move forward in considering your application, ...
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Do temporary agencies tend to act differently before and after hiring someone?

I have a question about temporary agencies. I was hired by an agency to work at an assignment. Towards the end of my assignment (about 2 months before the end date), I got a family emergency and ...
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Telling someone they are horrible at making coffee

In my office we have a coffee machine that was my idea to get. The VP was nice enough to go out and buy one on the company dollar, and she also supplies the Milk/Sugar/Coffee grinds as well. Now I ...
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Unauthorused disclosure of personal details [closed]

I have been undertaking an unpaid internship for the professional development part of my degree at a small start-up company, I recently finished the internship and they offered to keep me on as a ...
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1answer
386 views

Is re-adding CCs after one-off direct email rude? [closed]

I need advice on the courteousness when replying to an email who's sender has replied only to you. Here's the scenario: Email chain with various recipients and a few CCs. One member emails me ...
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1answer
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How to navigate interactions with a would-have-been employer

I found myself very lucky to come home from a series of interviews with 4 job offers from 4 different groups within the same institution. Without making this personal, the institute is focused on ...
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3answers
471 views

How to respond to a meeting request with multiple times if I am indifferent

If someone wants to have a meeting and provides a selection of times, ex: Monday 1:00-1:30 pm - EST Tuesday 9:00-9:30 am - EST Wednesday 2:00-2:30 pm - EST and I am completely indifferent as to the ...
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Not being able to understand someone

Does anyone have any tips on understanding another person's reasoning, or when to give up? This is provided you're talking with them face to face. For example today I was working in a group and one ...
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2answers
576 views

Dealing with a coworker who is spreading rumors to customers [closed]

I have a coworker (Jane) who works for the same, medium-sized organization I do. Jane and I have known each other for quite some time, though we were never more than acquaintances, our last ...
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1answer
156 views

How to help with technical planning for a project I am not familiar with?

For context, I am one engineer in a group of engineers and we have an engineering manager and a project manager. My team works on a product and for a few months one of our team members has been ...
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1answer
306 views

Reply to an email asking how I am and do I still want to work there [closed]

Hi can anyone tell me how to reply this email. Should I be honest about how okay I am, or keep it professional? Wording would be helpful. Thanks. Hi xxxxx How are you? I've just seen the below ...
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How can I explain technical concepts related to business management who lack background to understand?

I am an IT auditor. I am writing a report for a security review / audit that I completed of a business application used by my company. I have found weaknesses related to MITM (Man in the middle) and ...
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2answers
420 views

Applying for Job Listed in a Different Language

I recently moved abroad. I've been learning the native language for a couple of years, and can converse at a basic level, but I'm still not proficient enough to speak or write in it at a fluent level (...
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7answers
8k views

How do I ask for help with a problem that has gotten over my head?

I'm well and truly in need of some help. For weeks now, I've been working on developing a new page for our application - I've been making good progress for a long time now, adding in parts and ...
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2answers
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Address lack of details in change requests? [closed]

In SW company I usually work on assigned features and don't have many interactions with colleagues. I'm only one who writes code for the product and there's some language barrier, so it was fine. ...
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1answer
150 views

Temp-to-Perm Question [closed]

Ok.. so let's start with the fact that the staffing agency I work for is an unusual one. They told me when in a temp-to-perm position, like I am in now, that they keep you as a temporary employee ...
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1answer
639 views

How should I deal with a Home-Offce request that wasn't even considered? [closed]

A little bit of background to this question: I work for a company, which some time ago (more or less 1 year) introduced home-office as a "benefit" for those, who cannot (for whatever reason) be at ...
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How to deal with IT help desk that does not acknowledge requests for help?

Whenever myself or my colleagues contact the IT help desk, there are a series of systemic problems, namely: Not acknowledging receipt of the request Taking no corrective action and unilaterally ...
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Lost trust on first project at firm…is there anything I can do?

Over the past year, I began a job where my responsibilities included a high profile app project that was very behind schedule, and had not made progress for two years. The project had run through four ...
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2answers
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Rumors and false accusations [closed]

I have been at a start up in Europe for a year. A friend brought me over to be design and technology architect lead of my department. Ever since our office filled with employees I have had a problem ...
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4answers
564 views

Am i to blame if member of staff leaves? [closed]

I work in a very small office consisting of 8 people. We have 1 member of staff who is a little bit odd, comes out with random remarks and has a very different view on the world. I'm going to call her ...
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7answers
5k views

Non technical manager giving nonsensical implications [closed]

I work in IT, with coding. Our technical manager is away and I've been asked to fix a bug by his non technical superior. So far so normal. Now I've fixed it, hes asked what the problem was, which I ...
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2answers
387 views

My boss wants everyone to call him boss. [closed]

My boss wants everyone to call him boss. We work in an office setting and it's just weird? Am I right? I can't do it
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6answers
499 views

How can I (being lower on my dept's ladder) respectfully tell a 3rd party salesman to wait?

I work for a three-person team, and recently we've undergone a project where we are looking for a certain type of software product. Due to the nature of the product, it's a very expensive and ...
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Understanding manager's expectations

Had been working for a small company for the last few years. Started in a team of 5+ people, which was progressively reduced to just two, as the tasks were less appealing to both people and managers. ...
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Employees ignoring procedure changes

When new procedures are sent out via email, it seems as if they are not read and when the employees get points taken off in an audit they act like they do not know about the new procedure. We cannot ...
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1answer
154 views

Should I call or talk directly? [closed]

In my office (i mean it's not mine) has a telephone where connect my room and my boss room, I want to talk something to her, Should I call or go to her room and talk directly?
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2answers
814 views

How to handle unknowingly dismissive people at work?

I have a pretty senior position in a large tech company (a director). I have a strong engineering background which is known to everyone I work with. I am respected among my reports, peers and all the ...
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3answers
1k views

Boss is expressing concern about my happiness at work

I work in tech at a medium-sized company. My team is in the middle of a very frustrating project. The project has been emotionally draining and the end keeps slipping further into the future. In the ...
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3answers
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Dismissive more senior colleagues do not address me

I began my role just few months ago. My responsibilities consist mostly of analyzing data and presenting them internally. During these presentations, my manager is present as I am still at my early ...
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6answers
1k views

Was I too aggressive with this interview question

Several days ago, I interviewed a candidate as part of a team for a Info Sec. analyst position. I myself work in IT Audit. One of the questions I asked was: If management were to express ...
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Diffusing leadership politics for the sake of a project's success

To keep this short. How can you tactfully and effectively tell a group of people who while although technically have superiority over you in your role within an organization. They have never done ...
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Friend/Co-Worker isn’t a Fan of my Girlfriend

Recently I have encountered a problem. I am part of a group in my workplace almost from the time I started working at my firm. We have obviously become close friends and know about not only our ...
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11answers
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Keep getting called on my personal phone

Being the IT/DBA/Networks/Programmer of our company, I'm used to have the office phone ringing every 5 min if not more. I can manage it, although a bit frustrating when I'm trying to program or go ...
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How do you politely request someone different and more senior? [closed]

Facts: Your two superiors (henceforth S1 and S2) and you belong to the same organisation. Being junior and inferior in rank, you have been communicating with S1 but who (incompetent, ...
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4answers
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As an intern, is it wrong to stay silent? [closed]

I'm an intern for 6 weeks as programmer (theoretically) - this is my first working experience ever and I'm unsure about a lot of things. The last 4 working days (I started on the 1st of June) were ...
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1answer
261 views

Juggling two jobs with different pay [closed]

I currently have two zero-hour contracts with different employers and different salaries. Let's say for the sake of simplicity, employer A pays 20$ and employer B pays 30$. The problem is, employer A ...
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4answers
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How can I seem not sketchy /what's “normal” when sharing code to company without giving them access to my server/github repo?

A private company allowed me to use their API to make REST API calls (using Basic Authentication) in my application's server side. They also asked to see my implementation before I can go live. From ...
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How to deal with annoying acquaintance

I wasn't really sure where my question belongs here or on SO, but I decided to go for it on The Workplace; excuse me if I chose the wrong place, also, excuse me for my english. Here's the situation: ...
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2answers
665 views

Team lost faith in Scrum –how to change that? [closed]

I've always been in favour of communication and working practices that speed up our everyday, so I explained my coordinator about Scrum 2 years ago or so. We finally applied this a year ago, with ...
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Managing “workplace martyrs”

I have some employees who will pick up any task that falls by the wayside, take on tasks or responsibilities that other people should be doing but aren't, and end up doing all the things no-one else ...
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6answers
639 views

How can I react to bad suggestions without offending the person making them?

I do marketing/web site management for a small business of 15 employees. A colleague from a completely different department is routinely suggesting bad ideas for the website. The latest example was ...
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Mistrust and how it ruins work [closed]

Well there's a friend of mine and I recently trusted her with a secret and she promised me she wouldn't give it away but the next instant I saw her spreading it all over the person about whom the ...
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3answers
793 views

How to dissuade my boss from answering questions he doesn't know the answer to?

From time to time I'll see an email exchange like the following: Customer: Could we have feature X? Boss: That would be tricky because we use UDP so we don't know if data is lost. When in ...
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3answers
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What's the difference between being defensive and explaining yourself?

As a worker, it can be useful to avoid sounding defensive (even if one feels defensive). As a manager, it can be useful to accurately discern defensiveness in someone else. Whether trying to offer ...
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2answers
596 views

How to get better at office politics? [closed]

I'm a an employee in the UK with almost 3 years experience in the software sector. I think I'm pretty naive at office politics and at building certain type of office relationship. I believe there ...
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Changing/appending last-name to avoid name duplication

My name is a very common one, and I'm not just talking about my first name. My first name + last name combination is so popular that there were three people with exactly the same name in my high ...
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How to keep my phone number private, when I have to provide a way for students to contact me?

I am an instructor of classes that only run for 1-4 weeks. The facility I teach at requires me include my cell phone number on the class schedule that I give out. However, during and after the last ...
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How can I reapply to a job I resigned from after a very short time [closed]

I had been hired by a company and during my training period I got a better job offer so I resigned after 1 week. I am no longer working for the other company and I believe the original company is ...