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 to say “I quit” without the negative connotation? [on hold]

I’ve never truly left a company before by my own initiation. My previous job ended when the company was downsized, while the job before that had an expected end date as part of an internship program. ...
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How to respond to someone accusing me of saying bad things about him? [on hold]

Ok that was really hard to explain in the title but... ill try to make this short. Went to this event not related to work and met this person who is a writer and is friends with a writer that works ...
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How can i show our client that we need to build tools to reduce bugs and improve productivity [on hold]

I'm a software developer working outsourced to a client. Currently our productivity is low due to lack of tools to automate recurring tasks, also due to the lack of common software base, each project ...
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How to recover lost soft skills> [on hold]

I feel that my interpersonal skills could use some work. What methods or resources do you use to brush up on your interpersonal skills if you're not a natural social butterfly?
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How can I communicate my need for more challenging work?

Is it considered rude or negative to say that I am not challenged by my tasks I am responsible for in my role? I currently work as a database developer (less than a year at this job). I have a good ...
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Politeness in international contacts

I work and live in Scandinavia, and by culture we use a person's first name when speaking to someone, colleagues, clients and so on. In general we use the second-person singular when addressing ...
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I have been fired once from a job I hated, but now I am struggling at a job I like. How do I keep this one, or move on if it doesn't work out?

The first job was just an administrative job. I was even promoted, but hated the work so much I couldn’t hide it anymore. I was “asked to resign” which was better than a normal firing, so I didn’t end ...
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How to better track identities within company? [closed]

One of my responsibilities at work is to perform periodic user access reviews. A frustrating problem has been inconsistent to poor documentation,such as it becomes difficult to map users to roles. ...
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How can an experienced employee convince his manager to give team lead role & more responsibility?

I am an experienced IT professional who was leading a small team in my previous company. I joined a new company a few months back. My manager & most team members are completely new to IT, and ...
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Does your accent affect job prospects?

Does an accent affect your employability or, more specifically, your likelihood to be hired? I was brought up in the north of England in a small town miles from anywhere. This meant I only ever ...
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How can I help my direct report to understand he is not being micromanaged?

A couple of weeks ago one of my direct reports (we'll call him Brent) went to my boss to complain that I am micromanaging him. When I heard the accusation, I was flabbergasted, since I don't see ...
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How to handle awkward conversation with co-worker in gym changing room who is naked

I was at the gym (non work affiliated if it makes a difference) last week and ran into a co worker in the changing rooms. This would have been fine except she had just walked out of the shower ...
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Professional response to “Are you busy?”

My co-workers often ask me "are you busy?" before asking for help or discussing a problem. I find this question hilarious: If you answer yes then you are a bad employee because you are unavailable and ...
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Waiting call back on job offer! [duplicate]

I need a 2nd opinion on something, So I applied for a job with a construction company online!! i got a call from the foreman asking me if id be interested in meeting him and he will sign me up to the ...
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How to strengthen collaborations between industry and computer science academia [closed]

I often notice that many universities have collaborative projects in partnership with industries. I am wondering, for the first time collaboration, how to convince industries to invest some money in ...
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How to improve communication skill?

I am working as a test engineer. I have 3 years of experience in software testing. But I always have trouble expressing my ideas. I work very well but others are taking advantage of my work.
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I feel left out of a decision - should I contact the project manager?

I am part of a team on a project that is about to start in the next few weeks. While I was away on vacation, a colleague of mine was appointed to the role of Scrum Master. I felt bad when I came to ...
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Job Application Confusion.. Help!

I applied for a job and did not hear from the place for 2 weeks. Finally the recruitment agency (not the company itself) contacts me about the app saying "sorry, that position was filled, but we have ...
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Salary issue and employer betrayed me [closed]

Recently, I got an offer from good and popular company. I discussed with my current employer about the offer, and he promised to increment my salary immediately. He was also a former-employee of the ...
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How do I stop my co-workers from teasing me with another co-worker?

I have been working for more than 3 years now with my co-worker and people have been teasing us here and there and it doesn't make me happy, at all. Things have gone awkward to the point where I can't ...
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How to deal with someone who feels threatened

Background I have recently joined a new company through an acquisition. At the old company I was a creative designer here my new role is not yet clear but it would be around graphic design. First ...
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How to deal with strongheadedness [closed]

There are some people that I work with that are very stubborn and opinionated. Usually when discussing they dismiss what I am trying to say before I even get a chance to finish my point. Usually I ...
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How can I drop a polite hint to a coworker to stop pestering me with daily questions about my lunch?

I have a coworker who, without fail, asks me the same set of small talk lunch-related questions. Every. Single. Day. For example: (As I'm heading out the door) Him: Where you goin?! Me (usually ...
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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 ...