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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Communication environment in the workplace: what is normal?

I started working at an (education) business about a month ago. I'm a recent college graduate who moved six hours away from my hometown to pursue what I thought was my dream job with an emphasis on ...
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Signed a non-binding contract with current department, but was approached by another department I'm more interested in within the same company

So here's the situation: About to graduate and an intern at this major company, and I've been working for Department A since January. They've taught me a lot and bent over backwards for me, but I ...
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Coworker returns after maternity leave [on hold]

There's a lady I work with who's a new mom :) She's very excited about her baby and always talks about him—to the point where it's uncomfortable. Every time I say hi to her or walk by her she tells me ...
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How to give an introductory request via e-mail

I just got an e-mail from an old friend asking for an 'introductory request' for someone I know. The thing is: How should I give this introduction? Like this? to: person of interest cc: old friend ...
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Should I report a manager that doesn't do the job? [on hold]

I'm struggling with a direct supervisor, who just doesn't seem to pull his own weight. Basically my supervisor is expected to be a "working manager", so his time is split between 15% administrative ...
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Help me understand my situation [closed]

Background: I'm a non-native UK resident who got a Master's degree in computer science from one of the British universities over a year ago. Before that, as part of a sandwich-year-course, I did 11 ...
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How to start & who should start first interview over Skype? [migrated]

I'm new to freelancing and I recently sent a few proposals for jobs. Two clients (individuals, not companies) asked me for my Skype id and added me on Skype, but no one has interviewed me yet. What ...
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Do I need to project a manager “aura”/“persona” when liaising across the company? [on hold]

New manager here - outside the office I am a socialite, inside the office I also socialize a lot, but by nature I have a very humble and almost "servile" demeanour when communicating within the ...
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How to be taken seriously when presenting recommendations to senior colleagues [on hold]

Tl;Dr As an intern, if your recommendations are being ignored should you try a different approach or give up? If yes, what is the best approach? Context I'm an intern for the summer in a small ...
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In a company without 1-on-1s or structured feedback, what can I do to understand how I can improve my performance?

We primarily receive feedback for what we deliver, but not how we deliver, how we can improve, what we can improve, and how we work (except if it's a serious lack of discipline of course). I am now ...
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How to behave when manager says “no” to me - but “yes” to other bosses - and makes me appear like a liar and bottleneck of deadlines? [closed]

Most of my job involves working with different managers across the company, including a senior officer who directly reports to the CEO and is virtually his "mini-me". In order to do my job, I rely on ...
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How to apologize for and address failures in areas of responsibility I have moved on from ages ago?

Recently a manager at my company started uncovering some critical mistakes in projects I had supervised a very long time ago. I have since advanced in level and taken on more teams/projects in higher ...
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How to form opinions and communicate them after being conditioned to a culture of obeying-without-questioning?

Please help me rephrase the title in case it doesn't properly reflect the content, or isn't professional enough I am at the same company since I finished education. I was quite enthusiastic about my ...
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Sharing work/industry related information with colleagues and peers? [closed]

In the old days, I used to get a memo with some newsclippings in my in-tray that we would all read and then we would initial it and pass it around. I find that emails disappear into Outlook. Begging ...
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How to handle aggressive, negative, incorrect criticism in a positive way [closed]

The company i work for has a customer that we provide several software solutions for. They run various events and we provide them with an admin system for them to run their events and a windows ...
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How to handle last minute work deadlines that I cannot meet due to personal schedules? [closed]

Scenario/Background: I have two bosses, with one of whom I manage variable daily processes (priority 1), while the other one gives me longer term projects (priority 2). Due to the extreme variability ...
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How to explain I didn't communicate well with my previous employer?

So I've been employed at a "real job" for approximately three months, and have come to the conclusion I don't communicate well with my employer. It's not that we're not civil, or don't like each other ...
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Mail response time and delay

The question is related to "sender expectations" which are results of response time/delay - should I answer immediately or answer after some period of time. Let's say I got an email - I immediately ...
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How can I make meetings more interesting?

While we were presenting our Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, the head of the department seemed uninterested in the details of the system. This resulted in a boring meeting and lead to the ...
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Letting employee know he's too comfortable (“cavalier”)?

One of our more senior workers is very comfortable at work. So much so that a lot of very small mistakes are being made that when they cascade turn into pretty big issues. Other workers are ...
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How to react when boss is disappointed in you because of a technical error you have no influence over? [closed]

A technical error happened over which I have no influence. A software bug I think, and I have no IT or technical background to be able to address that by myself. Also, for this very specific ...
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Proper way to reply to the manager [closed]

My manager sends me an sms telling that he will be on leave today. I cannot reply to him ok. What would be the appropriate words for the reply I need to send him?
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Should I tell future employers I have Asperger's after getting a job [duplicate]

So I've found that my Asperger's can be somewhat of a defining part of my interactions at work- whether people recognise it or not. I have many problems interacting that anyone with a basic knowledge ...
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Awkward around some managers [duplicate]

I'm a shy person in his first job. There are two things that I can't deal with very well: the first is talking to a large groups of people, the second is talking to some of my managers. Two examples: ...
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How to react when one of my bosses belittles my authority in presence of my reports? [duplicate]

All my seniors discuss with me first and thereafter leave it to me to handle all the workflow with the team. One of my new bosses - who is not responsible for my overall performance BUT whom I report ...
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How to build dialogue and cooperation when other managers bypass my authority as a manager?

I manage two internal teams (direct reports) and external contractors (matrix reports) in a relatively flat organization structure and casual workplace culture. It is common for employees to help ...
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Awkward conversations in elevators/lifts - how to avoid [closed]

Why is it that we sometimes feel the need to have conversations with people in the elevators/lift? I understand acknowledging people and saying hi, but it seems like in most cases (unless you are ...
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How to request an acting supervisor position

I just learned that one of our managers is going to be leaving our organization (I work for a large, US, Federal Agency in California). I am currently not a supervisor, nor on the former manager's ...
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Code Tests as part of the interview [duplicate]

Recently I applied to a company that I was really excited to work for. They, like many other companies, gave me a simple take home code challenge. I made sure all my code was clean, had comments, ...
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My manager wants me transfer to another location that I am not comfortable with

I am currently working in a place that is near my home. My manager wants me to transfer to some other place that I don't want to go. How can I tell him politely that I don't want to, so that I can ...
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How do I stop a rude co-worker from making aggressive/rude/embarrassing comments and keep my respect?

I am a manager with several direct reports. My manager also manages another team. One of his direct reports is continually rude to me in front of other employees. We have a work from home policy, and ...
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How to create workplace refrigerator rules when rules did not previously exist?

So at my office, everyone had been using the refrigerator responsibly and considerately for as long as I have been there. All of a sudden this year, at least one person has started storing raw meat in ...
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Followup after a phone interview?

I had a short phone interview with the head of a small company this morning, it was more of a "see-who-this-person-is" type of call prior to meeting in person. The call ended with us agreeing to meet ...
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How to stay in the loop when senior managers go above you in external relations?

I manage the relationship with one of our key vendors e.g. an enterprise resource planning software such as SAP. As such, I initiate and look after negotiations, issues, new products, opportunities ...
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How to ask for a much needed system upgrade?

I am working in a IT company and my system's specifications don't meet my workload and cpu requirements. While I am working, the system becomes very slow making me both less efficient and very ...
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How does one tactfully express concern over a team member's capabilities?

I'm a developer and the person I'm describing has been with us for over a year as part of the Quality Assurance team. They've been trained up by a true veteran of QA and while they aren't exactly the ...
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How to react to a co-worker who tries to be funny, but isn't?

We have a new guy at our office who several times a day makes a funny remark or joke. Unfortunately his jokes are about as funny as small talk is interesting and I am not sure how I should react. I ...
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How to deal with less productive days? [closed]

Yesterday I had one of those days you get once in a while. You are less productive it is hard to focus on work related subjects or just any subjects at all and you cannot wait the day to be over. The ...
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How do I tell my boss he needs to hire an IT Admin?

My new responsibility as IT Admin - how can I deal with a situation outside my abilities? Long story short, my department doesn't have an IT admin and it needs one badly. My boss has been ...
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Took my work keys home and they are shared between workers, why should I call my Manager rather than just pretend it never happened? [closed]

I accidentally took a work-related key home. This key is shared among others coworkers. I do have work tomorrow but the people on the shift before me are going to be pretty pissed because there is ...
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How can I get my colleagues to stop interrupting me?

I am the youngest and the least experienced member of my team of eight. Everyone else has at least six years' experience. I have been observing that, for a long time now, whenever I try making a ...
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How to deal with communication barriers? [closed]

I recently finished my B.Sc. in business information systems and am going to start my career as a part of an IT system administrator team soon. However, I already got experience in working life doing ...
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Should I Just Deal With Interruptions?

I'm a lead developer of a 6 person software team. Among the applications we develop are some that are used for in-house operations. As lead, I'm a resource to the other developers and a liaison to ...
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How can I discourage employees from working voluntary overtime?

I run a small company (5 salaried employees). We have recently expanded from 3 to 5 staff, and while we are comfortable financially, there is not much spare money available. However there is a lot of ...
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Working with team members who do not follow up with responding to task requests in the agreed time

I find I have quite a bad memory so when I ask a team member if they could do something and let me know when it's done I tend to forget about it and rely on that person to remember and hence let me ...
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How can a junior convince a senior developer to use object oriented concepts?

This topic relates to web development / software engineering; however the question can be related to other fields of expertise involving a more junior employee being more technically skilled than a ...
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How to take ownership to solve an issue when managers focus on pinpointing person to blame and punish?

When any kind of failure happens at my company, the first question everyone in the hierarchy asks is "Whose fault was it?" I remember once overhearing a conversation where someone replied "It's no ...
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Internship: Manager never available [duplicate]

I am currently in an intern position and have been for a few weeks now. My problem is that I can never get a hold of my manager to get feedback on the work I am doing. He will assign me work and when ...
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How to deal with an intern who puts no effort in her work?

There is an intern who I am responsible for this summer. But apparently she isn't interested in the job. I gave her a research assignment which is needed for her following assignments. I told her ...
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How to handle when boss eschews or gives unclear instructions on a new assignment?

(Note: there are similar questions, though this is distinct in as far as a boss is involved and the task is unknown to me) My boss recently assigned me Project X. Although I am vaguely familiar with ...