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 standard documents are used in a professional office environment?

I have an IT analysis-type job and I deal with a lot of information inflow that I feel I could do a better job of capturing, for my own self-management and for my team. I am aware of documents such ...
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How to get people from different companies to mix on Friday afternoon drink

Recently my company (of 10 people) moved to a new building, where we share the floor with another company (also of about 10 people). We don't share offices, just the coffee machine. Because they ...
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Whats the best way to navigate difficult coworkers? [duplicate]

I was hired as a UX professional at a software company to handle customer surveying, prototyping, and design work for our product group as well as be the creative lead for our marketing department. I ...
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Why doesn't my boss communicate with me? [on hold]

I have this on going problem with my boss that has been going on for years whereas 2 years before he became my boss we got along fine. But once he became my boss it was as if I don't exist anymore. ...
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Is being blunt in emails common in the workplace?

I'm still a student, but was talking to a friend about how when I email my professors/lecturers they tend to ignore the niceties, the greeting, everything except the main question in my email and send ...
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Running my own company along with a job in another company, how to communicate this to co-founder? [on hold]

Me and my friend are running a small IT firm. There are no other employees, just the two of us. Business is not so bad, but we cannot live with just the income from this business. I want to look for ...
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Productivity, Competency and Office Politics

I'm currently an inexperienced software developer working for a large company. While I'm extremely passionate about my work, I lacked quite some experience in this field when I was offered the ...
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I'm not Junior/Entry-Level, but Senior Dev treats me like one

I'm currently a 24 yr old contract-to-hire developer at this company. I'm five months in to a six month contract. My job title is "Developer." No prefix. I'm between Junior/Entry-Level and Senior. I'm ...
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Dealing with under appreciation and lack of respect

I'm going to try and steer this towards asking about professionalism so it stays within the general scope of a valid question within the format of the site since I rank well in other SE sites like ...
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1answer
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What can be done to increase co-operation and engagement within an organisation in which the associates are based in multiple sites? [on hold]

I'm currently interning in a global investment bank, working in the technology division in the EMEA region. To date, I've noticed that there is a lack of meaningful, sustained interaction between the ...
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How can I communicate better with a co-worker who is not a good listener?

I've been working as an engineer in a company. I have been working alone on a large scale maintaining project and there is a project manager beside me. Recently, the company hired employer who retired ...
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What can a person with a severe hearing loss do to improve communication?

I have a severe hearing loss (auditory neuropathy). The gist of it is that I struggle to fit sounds to words. I can hear that someone is talking, but I don't understand what they said. It's kind of ...
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As assistant manager, supporting a team member the boss is down on

I'm the assistant manager of a small team, and the manager, "Mary", and I have a large difference of opinion about one of our members, "Ethan". He's the least experienced person we have. Overall, I ...
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Dealing with people that think they're more skilled than you when that's only partially true

I'm working with someone who is more skilled than me in programming, but lacks many of the design skills we need to complete an assignment. He can't stop pointing out that he's a better programmer ...
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How can I overcome my fear of public speaking? [duplicate]

I am a software engineer at a top multinational corporation. I have extreme stage fright, to the extent that I cannot speak in a group. Whenever I go for a meeting, my situation is like kaato tau ...
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I received a written warning for my performance, how can I save my job?

The Situation I just walked out of a conversation with my boss. The HR person from the head office also joined us via phone. I was served with a written warning 'for consistent disregard of work and ...
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What's the proper way to answer a telephone call from someone I do not know personally?

I recently graduated from college and started working. Before starting work, I had almost never received any calls from anyone I did not know personally - and when I did it was usually just a wrong ...
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How to proceed when remote boss doesn't answer emails?

My boss and I sit in different remote sites, several thousands of miles apart. We don't see each other often. On several occasions in the last few months, I have sent him emails asking him for ...
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How do I politely decline an offer to extend internship when I plan to move to a different company?

I'm currently doing an internship at a company for a fixed-month period, which I'm now close to the end of. Recently they approached me and asked if I would like to stay longer, instead of going back ...
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Is it OK to ask a company how they got my email address?

I got an email from the HR department of a company about a job opportunity. The email is addressed directly to me, so I was wondering if it is okay to ask them where they got my email address, or ...
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How to communicate my own working pace?

I've been working as a web developer for almost a year now. Before this I spent 3 years in university on a bachelor degree, which included mostly practical tasks instead of theoretical exams. During ...
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As a consultant, how do you handle customer team members refusing to cooperate with you? [closed]

I'm a consultant for Company A providing services to Company B. Company B hired another company to deliver a web application, but their delivery was rushed and misguided, resulting in a very ...
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How can I control questions asked during a presentation?

When people give presentations in my company, other members interrupting the flow of the presentation with questions/discussions on minor points can make the presentation lose focus. Personally I find ...
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How can I get my colleagues to seriously consider my suggestions? [closed]

My team works on a big legacy-code project and most of the team has worked here, on this team, for over ten years. It seems that most of the team have only worked on this project and rarely if ever ...
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How to manage customer expectations when delivery depends on an opaque third party?

A client has requested a fast turnaround on a public iOS app. We know we can manage it with the resources available, but distributing via the Apple App Store is an unknown to us. I understand that ...
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When should I include information in my resume to indicate I have a high IQ?

When should you add info on projects or associations that you joined that are exclusive to extremely intelligent people (e.g. Mensa, in my case)? Researching on the internet implies a general ...
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Team member takes holidays. Should the member delegate work, or the team leader?

I am working in an IT company and we offer companies the management of their IT infrastructure. Our support team consists of seven members and one team leader. The team leader, one member and me have ...
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How do I deal with a manager who perceives a quality problem as not as critical as I do?

I work in software development and have worked on two projects with the same piece of software being used in both, but each are slightly different with the second being built off the firsts code ...
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How do I say “I need company stock, or I'm getting a new job”?

I'm somewhere between the 7th and 9th employee. I've been at my position for almost a year. There was supposed to be a vesting plan released in January 2014, at the time of this writing it is late ...
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Bosses refuse to follow branding guidelines

My company recently acquired a new building. The architect proposed a design for the facade that goes against the branding guidelines on use of our company logo. As the Corpcomms manager, I did my ...
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How to deal with know-it-all's?

Imagine your boss or another department manager asks you something. You start formulating the idea in your head... and before you can speak Mr. Know-It-All barges into the conversation and tries to ...
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How to reply to reviewers on a unintentional wrong proof in my research paper [migrated]

I had submitted a research paper and it's reply came back. The reviewers are positive overall, but one of them pointed out a flaw in one of my proofs. This happened because I made a wrong assumption ...
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How should I tell a coworker their headphones are too loud?

I work in an open cubicle environment. We're no different than any other environment and things can get pretty noisy. Not all the time, but it's pretty standard for everyone to have a pair of ...
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Is it professional to start my notice period before telling my manager?

What is a professional way to resign and start the notice period? Consider these cases: My boss isn't available to tell him first that I'm leaving. My boss is a diplomatic person that will ask me ...
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Required but not mandatory [closed]

I work at a moderate-sized office building (400+) which is part of a larger corporation (150k+). This morning we were given instructions on what to do during today's tornado drill. At the end of the ...
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What is a tactful way to address client's lack of cooperation with a project?

I am currently working on a software project. While my company has many clients, this project focuses on the needs of a specific client, so we have been working directly with them. The software they ...
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How to politely communicate that I really can learn well only if I do it myself?

I'm a junior developer. My tech lead is a very smart person. When I go to him to seek for help on a problem, he usually finds a solution very quickly (he designed the whole system). The problem is ...
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time tracking conflict

We have this requirement for time tracking: We have to have meet a quota of at least 70% accounted for. In the past couple weeks I experienced a slow time where I only tracked 10% of the time. I told ...
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Late arrival to the project wants equal billing; how do I decline diplomatically?

I worked as the lead for a project (that involves other sites) for 3+ years. I got the project up and running. The project is now completed, but I was unwell towards the end of it and writing got ...
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How to respond to a “we'll call you when the position opens” response, when you see the position opened?

Alright, so here's my scenario. I recently went through the application process at a company that I really would like to work for. It's a programming position, and I made it through their initial ...
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I was assigned a task I think doesn't make sense. Should I approach my boss about it?

I am building the frontend for our latest application, along with 2 other developers. With the application approaching 99% completion and ready to be shipped, I was asked to write unit tests. I am a ...
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Job posting does not sound like the kind of development I'm interested in, how can I approach this topic in the interview? [closed]

I am concerned that a job posting I'm looking for lists Computer Engineering and Computer Science students but is called an IT position. The description includes the words software development in ...
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How to approach my boss about a job change?

I work on my current position for about 4 years, I need a change since I no longer learn anything new here. While looking for a job outside the company is definitely an option, I also want to see if I ...
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Building rapport via email communication [closed]

Are there guides to building email rapport? I'm asking because I'm not really good at face-to-face communication. Maybe guidelines about the frequency in communicating to coworkers? Will that help ...
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How can I provide constructive criticism of work that still needs improvement?

Imagine I received the work done by a colleague, and I reviewed it. I realize that it still needs improvement. Consider that I want to be precise afterwards. I will tell him/her exactly what is not ...
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Job Acceptance - Can the employer Rescind?

I recently accepted a job, pending a two weeks notice to my present employer. I was at work the first week, but not the second as I was incredibly sick with what I believe was the flu, but I don't ...
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How to be a young and effective team leader? [closed]

Few months ago I was made the team leader of a development team comprising of 3 developers. The situation is such that all of them have more experience than me and are senior in age as well by 1 or 2 ...
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Dealing with Egos, being an onsite consultant

I am in IT services industry for the last 10 years, and keep traveling for onsite assignments. Though me and my team, have certain expertise in a particular field and the primary reason for bringing ...
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How to remind your boss about vacation time

I had a discussion with my boss about leaving early the next day. He said that it is okay with him and I don't need to fill out any paper work since it is a short period of time. But I want ...
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How can I communicate to my manager that previously unknown problems will impact the project deadline?

My team is responsible for implementing a big new IT tool in the company. Sometimes there are problems based on incompatibilities between our company's existing systems and the tool and we have very ...