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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What is the best way to get members on a cross functional team to respond to deadlines and feedback?

I lead a cross functional team on an Employee Engagement initiative at my company. I have several team members who either do not respond to the deadlines I set or come to the meeting unprepared. The ...
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What is the right way to think about doing lower value work when small talking with an executive?

I work as an IT helpdesk contractor in a large corporation. We basically have to help users with resetting their passwords, switching out broken stuff, so nothing fancy. Sometimes I get into ...
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As a new teamlead, how to bring a subordinate's misconducts to attention of your manager

This is related to my previous question. In short, I have recently become teamlead of a team, which I had just joined. Problem is that I have a bossy, arrogant subordinate. In order to address the ...
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Can people complain about my grammar when I was not employed to use perfect English?

My company head hunted me for my abilities of a warehouse manager and people management skills. My English however has never been my strongest ability and they are now complaining about my grammar in ...
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How do I tell someone to be more concise and message me less frequently?

I'll try and keep this short and concise to avoid "venting", rather than explaining. Long story short, I use skype to communicate with someone my company has contracted with. I am a programmer and he ...
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Company offering an interview slot either tomorrow or the next working day - no exception. Is this a red flag?

I've just passed a phone interview with a company in London. For the next round, they offer me 2 choices - either tomorrow at a set time, or on Tuesday at a set time as Monday is a bank holiday in the ...
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Sending weekly emails with job postings internally

We post a new position online about once a week. Is sending an email organization-wide every time a job is posted too much? Why? This is in the US, and our org. is a private university. I'm in the HR ...
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I broke an appliance at a company-supplied house — should I turn myself in?

The company I currently work at offers accommodation to interns, a position I currently have. This accommodation is shared among other interns. It so happens that I broke an appliance at the house. ...
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How to turn down a task I do not feel qualified for?

I am trainee developer with 7-months practice. I've never work in any commercial project, since my internship I've developed only training applications. Recently I was asked by my team leader to cover ...
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How to politely tell someone to stop explaining?

It happens occasionally, that I come across something I don't know how to do, and I need someone to show me. So I ask Bob for help, because Bob knows this stuff, and he comes over and starts ...
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What topics should I bring up in my one 1-on-1 with my boss's boss?

Related: What is the purpose of 1-on-1 meetings with your direct leader/boss? On a weekly or sometimes just bi-weekly basis I have a 1-on-1 with my manager. However once a month I have a 1-on-1 with ...
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My coworker is lying about the current state of his work

One of my co-workers stated that he has done a test of the application he's working on, and that it's currently running on ten PCs. But I've found that it's running on a single PC only, and the tests ...
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Advice about having discussion with a bossy subordinate who undermines my authority

Background I have about 4 years of experience, all that time I have been working in the same company. I am a researcher, and over the years I have managed to establish credibility in front of my ...
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How / when should a person notify in their job that they're transitioning gender?

I'm asking for a friend. She is a trans female and has decided to start her transition. She currently lives and works in Spain at a call center. She hasn't disclosed the current situation since ...
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“I'm the boss here” attitude from a peer [closed]

I've got a message from a peer programmer (over a conflict happened due to his changes in the code I'm responsible for, done over my head). He wrote that they (he and PM) already decided to do it this ...
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Would it be inappropriate for me to push back on download privileges on my work PC?

I work at a small tech company as a software developer. Everyone in the office, including myself, has to ask our manager to come over (or VPN into our machines) to type in their password at least once ...
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How to inform my boss about the cheap availability of a software which I think very useful for our department?

There is software X, which is not a really well-known software, but it is unique and I find it very useful for our task in our department. I've downloaded a trial version of the software and I have ...
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How do I go about letting a colleague know s/he consistently misuses a technical word?

I have a very minor but mildly irritating issue when talking to a manager who, multiple times a day, says something akin to "run the Javascript" instead of "run the script" or "git depository" instead ...
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How to deal with minor cubicle vandalism

Vandalism is a strong word, but I cannot think of a better one. I work in an office of approximately 100 engineers, where a majority of which come from one of two prominent universities. These ...
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How to engage with staff [closed]

I want to implement a new engaging intranet system but the main barrier is the belief that no one in the company reads anything anyway so to pay for a new slick subscription system like jostle/ coyo/ ...
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A coworker pushing code to my projects over my head [closed]

Context: I'm a remote worker. I have a few projects I've been working on for quite a few months; my old PM resigned and now I've been moved to another team with these projects. One of these projects ...
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I emailed a colleague about a minor mistake, which was then fixed, but never got a reply. [ Did I annoy her? / Did I do anything wrong? ] [closed]

In our big company we have a media department which is monthly creating a company magazine with various articles. Over the last two magazines, I noticed that the name of a new software is not written ...
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Everyone at work except me speaks another language

I joined a team in London not too long ago and at that time the boss was English, so English was the language always spoken at work. However, the boss recently left and now all my remaining co-workers ...
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Would it be too risky to ask to reschedule a telephone interview because it's difficult to hear the other party?

For a job for which I applied, a telephone interview was arranged because the interviewer had limited availability and was not going to be in the local area any time soon. From the beginning of the ...
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Overhearing about a supervisor's plan to retire

I work in a small office where it is common to overhear parts of conversations my coworkers are having in a meeting or over the phone. Recently, I overheard my direct supervisor on a phone ...
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Does a 'written resignation letter' need to be 'handwritten' or simply 'typed & printed with signature'? [closed]

My employment contract states that my resignation needs to submitted in a 'written communication'. I'm not sure if it means a hand written letter or if it is just a way of saying I need to submit a ...
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Dismissed for apparently self-contradictory reasons [closed]

I recently moved into a position with an insurance company, which I had spent some considerable time and effort to get into. However, after only a month and a half my employment ended. Now, the ...
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How to stay in contact with multiple recruiters from same company?

I attended my school's Career Fair recently and spoke with a few companies there that I was interested in. I ended up talking to two different recruiters from the same company, both of which gave me ...
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How to professionally 'dodge' ex girlfriend's/boyfriend's work emails?

So my ex girlfriend and I work at the same public organisation. I no longer wish to speak to her and have blocked her on all personal social media etc. However, she can email me at work. Naturally I ...
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How to deal with coworker's health issues that affect my work?

I have a coworker with B12 vitamin deficiency. They take shots every 12 weeks, but become really cranky from week 8 onward, and are very difficult to work with or even talk with. Unfortunately, ...
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How to handle a coworker's breath odor? [duplicate]

I work in an office of 6 or 7 people a day. I absolutely like everyone and it is a really nice place (seriously). I want to stay here a long time and continue working with the same people. I have a ...
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How do I positively acknowledge a mistake I made to my manager? [duplicate]

How should an employee respond when being questioned by management about a mistake they have made? What is the best way to do so in a positive manner?
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Not being asked to interview a new hire [duplicate]

My company has recently made a new hire for a position within my team. My team currently consists of entirely non-technical members including my manager with the exception of myself. The position ...
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Training a team member to be less conflict avoidant and more assertive

I work in IT Audit and am currently mentoring a team member whom I hope to be my eventual successor as I move upward into a lead / supervisory position in my department. He shows great technical ...
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How should I communicate serious programming flaws to someone so they do not take it personally?

I am a developer with only a couple of years of experience, working in a small company of eight developers, on a Java project. Our team leader, also one of the managers, is older, and very productive, ...
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How do I Manage my own Exit Strategy?

So I've been interning for a small company the last year and a half while I finish up school. The pay is well below par, but it's flexible, easy, and close to school so it works. I graduate in May ...
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New colleague is a smoker; I can hardly breathe near him

To be explicit: this is my problem. I'm not "blaming" the new guy (actually he's rather nice). That said ... I'm allergic to smoke. When I was younger, I went "out on the town" only once or twice a ...
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How to turn down an assignment due to being unqualified

Today at work my manager sent me an email requesting me to do an review on the adequacy of the internal controls surrounding a newly implemented application used by other business units within the ...
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How to deal with under-qualified personnel in my department?

My four-person department has been using outdated software for years. Upper management hired me about eighteen months ago to begin a transition to an updated technical environment. I am the only ...
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How do I explain the sunk-cost fallacy to my boss?

So, the current task is to write a program to convert data provided by another company from format "A" (their internal format) to format "C" (our internal format). The original plan was that the ...
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Building workplace relationships [closed]

First time poster so I hope I get this right... I've been writing my 2016 objectives at work and one of the things I'm very keen to work on this year is my professional network. I work in Operational ...
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Politely telling clients I've moved to a different department within the company

I am in the process of moving within my company from a customer support role/department to a new business area. My email address and telephone number remains the same The problem I have is that I am ...
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How to behave with women in my company when it's International Women's Day?

Today I woke up and remembered that today is International Women's Day. I am not exactly the person who likes to greet and give wishes to everyone, and I am often kinda embarrassed when I have to do ...
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How to turn down interview for position I don't want? [duplicate]

I've received an invitation to interview for an internship position. However, I'm looking for a full time position and want to turn the invitation down politely, since I'd rather not burn bridges with ...
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Managerial Communication Problems

In our department we have an e-mail notification system setup where any employees' records which are raising issues get put into an e-mail and sent to me and my boss. We have another system for ...
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Newly hired, Must mediate between two colleagues

I've recently accepted a position with a small, 25-person company as their technical director. I am to work closely with the creative director (CD) and the digital project manager (PM) in scoping, ...
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Is it alright to be singled out and not told something personal? [closed]

I had a job where my immediate manager was away for several months. After the first couple I asked what was happening and was told he was sick and no one new more than that and they didn't know when ...
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Leaving my company - Holiday entitlement pay [closed]

Over the past 4 weeks I have been working out my notice. I dont know if this is standard in every country (Im from the uk) but tomorrow is my last day and Im having some trouble with sorting out the ...
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How to convince users to follow a new policy when they're used to work under a wrong one [closed]

My superior is leaving the team I have been a part of for 10 months. Over the span of those 10 months he addressed to us several problems with some users by making snarky comments like "We technically ...
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How do I handle the consequences of a medical treatment with weekly visits and what are the risks? [closed]

I'm about to start my first job, and I know I'll have to start a medical treatment that requires weekly visits at first. I don't know yet when I'll start, how long "at first" means or if I can work on ...