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 should I handle a Low Productivity Issue?

I work for a media company in India. I was hired as a Marketing Manager one year back. I report to the Sales Head. While hiring me, the Director told me that they required an Entrepreneurial Manager ...
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Team member writing a mail like this “I want leave on monday” [on hold]

I am a Lead Engineer in a software company. One of my team member(4 years exp. ) is sending mail as below for leave. Dear XXXX, I want leave on dd-mm-yyyy having personal work. Regards, YYYYY ...
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How to increase conversational skills?

What are some ways I can practice increasing my conversational skills? I don't consider myself a shy person, but I am definitely more on the introverted side. My written communication skills are ...
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Cleaners Rearranging My Desk

I work in a small company that has outside cleaners who come in every week and clean when the office is empty. I tend to be working on a number of projects at once, so I can have different code ...
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When is it appropriate to “go up the ladder” when someone isn't doing their job and it's affecting you? [duplicate]

Here is the situation: We need maintenance done on a utility supply that a machine we have can't run without. It's a somewhat crucial piece of equipment and time is money here (but then again, where ...
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How can I get my supervisor to consider hiring someone he has declared as unqualified?

My employer has a software developer opening for which a friend of mine would be a great candidate; in fact, she's the best, most knowledgeable programmer I know (I'm a developer myself). ...
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Finish discussion with manager who then just sits there staring

I know this sounds strange, but there’s very long drawn out periods of silence with my boss. For example 1 to 2 minutes at least. I understand English isn’t his first language but I’m positive he ...
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Suggesting changes to existing programming practices as a newcomer [duplicate]

I recently started a new job as a programmer in a small team working on a web-based app. The code base has been built up over 10-15 years, so there is a fair amount of cruft and code that could be ...
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trouble understanding directions even after having asked for clarification [closed]

I'm a developer working on a project that is domain-specific to forestry and involves a lot of GIS. My boss basically hired me as his assistant because "he doesn't know programming" and that's my job. ...
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How to politely convey that I need a week to confirm the job offer I just received when I'm awaiting decisions of other startups? [duplicate]

I just received an offer from a startup, say A and it is pretty good, the only downside is that I will be the only developer there (as of now) as most of the work is outsourced. The work will be ...
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Reporting possible damage to company owned IT equipment

Yesterday at work, I was finishing my morning espresso when my phone rang and in reaching for it, accidentally spilled some of the drink on the computer keyboard. I immediately unplugged the equipment ...
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how to focus on work at hand and prioritzing task [closed]

I am a web developer and i am not too smart with coding or a fast learner, i wanted to know tips to be more focused. Be fast and produce result. I have a habit of refactor code or indent code etc. I ...
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Strategies to cope with manager I don't respect [closed]

My manager is knowledgable but not well respected. He does not like to share knowledge, but would rather prove that he knows more than others. This is his first time in a supervisory position, and I ...
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Is it rude to directly ask my co-workers when they will be done with their work?

My co-workers are working on fixes for our last build that the users have reported. I've completed my changes, and once they are done I'm to use our HP Fortify tool to scan the changes for ...
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How to deal with colleague with annoying behaviours? [duplicate]

I sit between two coworkers, we are software enginners and we share the same table. The guy on my left spends all his day knocking on his part of the table (like it were drums), whistling, doing some ...
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Being called by a different firstname [duplicate]

I have a firstname which I like, however I prefer to be called by a different firstname in my life (which isn't on my ID Card), is that possible ? is there a way to announce it nicely to other people ...
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How can I reassure my team that key defections aren't part of a larger plan?

I'm the IT Director (CIO) for a team of approximately 40 people. My organization prides itself on treating employees well, and many of my team members have been here for 10 years or more, ...
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How to address a manager frequently losing their temper

This is a follow up to this question. Recap is I began working my current job at the beginning of May and sometimes my boss speaks to me in a way that I'm not ok with. For example I will not tolerate ...
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My boss knows that I had a phone interview with another company. How should I go about this?

So my boss and a coworker saw an email notification on my computer regarding a phone interview for another job. While I closed the notification really fast, I am fairly certain they saw. I do not have ...
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My manager is assigning me different tasks than he said he would [closed]

One of our projects failed that I mainly used to work on. When it became evident, I asked my manager several times what I would be working on if it failed. The answer was I would help out with our ...
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My boss gets mad when I missunderstand directions

I started my job in the beginning of May. My boss is not from an English speaking country and he can be hard to understand, even when not talking about technical stuff. He's a forestry scientist and ...
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How to phrase “having trouble communicating” with a particular individual

I've worked as a solo software developer for the government for a little over a month now. Basically one person hired me as he doesn't know programming. I find it challenging for me to do my job well ...
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Event director schedules events without coordinating with me, causing extra work for me

Basically, my boss and his peer (both are directors of their respective departments), don't appear to agree on a particular policy, and it's resulting in extra work for me, confusion for my ...
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How to handle mistakes during internship?

I am into my second month of my internship, however, over the past few weeks, I have been making numerous mistakes (overlooking to print certain materials and as a result having to deliver it ...
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How do I let a user know they are wrong without offending them?

We're reviewing a code change that one of our users has returned to us, claiming that they've found a bug in the code, where the total of some numbers doesn't add up correctly on a legal form. At ...
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How can I eliminate demoralization created by a co-worker have narcissistic tendencies?

I am a senior developer in a software team. We have this co-worker in the office environment who is not a member of the team and makes arrogant comments about everyone's mistakes, characters, skills, ...
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How To Request Help For Document Review

I’m an auditor reporting to headquarters auditing their subsidiaries. Management of the subsidiaries is super duper fragile mentally and negative thinking. Anything sent out will be considered as ...
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How can I tell my coworker to work on the most important project instead of what he likes

I am a software engineer and I work on a team of 3. A colleague of mine is a very qualified software engineer. However, he does not focus on the most important project (as defined by our manager). ...
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How do you deal with co-workers who respond to your emails without reading the whole thing, or don't read them at all?

I'm a web developer (who writes code -- not css/designer). I work in an office, but many managers work remotely, hence the heavy reliance on email/IM. I am starting to notice a trend where people ...
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How to avoid negativity from colleagues without isolating yourself?

At work I have the opportunity of working more or less in isolation: my boss is hands-off and I mainly speak with stakeholders here and there. I find this good for productivity and for meeting my ...
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How to Handle Radio Complaint in Supply Center

An employee (complainant) claims to have sensitive hearing has complained about a co-worker (defendant) that his radio is too loud. The defendant says it helps him concentrate and therefore, more ...
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Remembering the names of meeting participants

Imagine there is a workshop or meeting with about 10 participants. You see them for the first time. Everybody introduces himself during the first minutes. It's hard for me (and I guess some other ...
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Should I ask if the position has been filled? How should I ask? [duplicate]

I had an phone interview two weeks ago, and last week I met with them in person for a web designer position. I thought I did well because they were expressing how lucky I am that I made it this far, ...
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How should I approach my manager on matters of personal hygiene?

I have joined my first job 6 months ago as a software developer at a big company. I am the youngest person in my team of 6. I like my team very much as all of the members are very cool and my manager ...
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How to handle work task restrictions that have been made lacking competence?

I stumbled over this question at SO Academic Studies About Costs of Memory Leaks [on hold] (It's off-topic at SO of course, but the discussion in comments evolved interesting) that basically ...
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Answer to an email I didn't send

I've got one coworker from my company (working in another location than mine) who sent me an email as if I had already asked him something, but I didn't send any mail to him. I don't know him at all. ...
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Is it appropriate to ask why my promotion was not announced?

In my workplace, all promotions are announced to our department via email. I was promoted recently. Although there was an email announcing everyone else who got promoted, no email was sent announcing ...
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Identifying parties involved with problems

When explaining why something didn't get done/was delayed/was done incorrectly, is it better to identify the party at fault or remain objective, but also risk assumption that it could have been your ...
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Periodically taking time off work for awkward medical reason

I recently started a co-op job through my university. My boss is the only one I report to and I don't work with anyone else. In the next few weeks I'm going to have to take some time off. I don't know ...
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My boss forwarded a confidential email - what is an appropriate course of action?

Recently i sent a very personal email with a list of grievances to my boss. The start of the mail was a request not to forward that mail to anyone. My boss has not yet responded to the contents of ...
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Telling my boss I can't stand to hear him eat near me

I suffer from Misophonia, meaning that certain sounds cause me to experience irrational irritability, anger, frustration and nausea. My trigger is the sound of people eating or drinking. Often my ...
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Tactfully quitting job given circumstances

I'm a co-op student with a 4 month contract for the government. I was surprised I got the job, as it was for a development position and I failed almost all technical questions in the interview. I've ...
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What is the best way to request help from my colleagues in a new job? [closed]

I have recently moved to a new job. I am not clear about the tasks that were assigned to me. For example, in PgAdmin my boss showed me some tables and asked me to copy one table from one schema to ...
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Unclear how to interpret what manager says

I started a new job where the main person I interact with is my manager. Sometimes I can't tell if he's mad, joking or asking a rhetorical question. For example he was showing me how to do something ...
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Reducing information silos and improving communication within team

In the company where I work, I have frequently found that information silos are a hinderance to team efficiency. The team whom I am a part of is small, 8 employees. To cite some examples, when I ask a ...
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How can I determine how much to talk about my personal life with clients? [closed]

I'm working as a consultant via a large consulting firm. I'm curious as to the personal relationship I should have with my new lead at the client-side. For example, suppose I'm working on a ...
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Getting accustomed to a work environment where everyone is in their own room

I started a job at a research facility for the government and there's some things I'm very unused to given my past jobs. For example, each person has their own office. So this means there's no one in ...
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How to tell your manager that you don't want a particular assignment?

I have been plotted on an assignment that I do not wish to do owing to its complex nature and the fact that my superior takes too long to review and complete it. Even after communicating my ...
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How to leave a current employer?

I work in a commission based workplace and while working up to 9 hours a day for 5 days a week and not seeing a single client. The other staff have been kind, and while there has been some rough ...
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Not getting the internship review

I made a short internship in march. My "mentor" (the guy responsible for me) wrote a review and handed it to someone else who should look over it. I then went to her office and asked if I can take it ...