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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Understanding manager's expectations

Had been working for a small company for the last few years. Started in a team of 5+ people, which was progressively reduced to just two, as the tasks were less appealing to both people and managers. ...
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Employees ignoring procedure changes

When new procedures are sent out via email, it seems as if they are not read and when the employees get points taken off in an audit they act like they do not know about the new procedure. We cannot ...
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Should I call or talk directly? [on hold]

In my office (i mean it's not mine) has a telephone where connect my room and my boss room, I want to talk something to her, Should I call or go to her room and talk directly?
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How to handle unknowingly dismissive people at work?

I have a pretty senior position in a large tech company (a director). I have a strong engineering background which is known to everyone I work with. I am respected among my reports, peers and all the ...
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Boss is expressing concern about my happiness at work

I work in tech at a medium-sized company. My team is in the middle of a very frustrating project. The project has been emotionally draining and the end keeps slipping further into the future. In the ...
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Dismissive more senior colleagues do not address me

I began my role just few months ago. My responsibilities consist mostly of analyzing data and presenting them internally. During these presentations, my manager is present as I am still at my early ...
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What should I do about a co-worker with bad hygiene [duplicate]

There are many many complaints about a specific female co worker at my job who always comes in VERY musty , its putrid !! I am not a manager so if I directly addressed the issue I could be seen as the ...
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Was I too aggressive with this interview question

Several days ago, I interviewed a candidate as part of a team for a Info Sec. analyst position. I myself work in IT Audit. One of the questions I asked was: If management were to express ...
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Diffusing leadership politics for the sake of a project's success

To keep this short. How can you tactfully and effectively tell a group of people who while although technically have superiority over you in your role within an organization. They have never done ...
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Friend/Co-Worker isn’t a Fan of my Girlfriend

Recently I have encountered a problem. I am part of a group in my workplace almost from the time I started working at my firm. We have obviously become close friends and know about not only our ...
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Keep getting called on my personal phone

Being the IT/DBA/Networks/Programmer of our company, I'm used to have the office phone ringing every 5 min if not more. I can manage it, although a bit frustrating when I'm trying to program or go ...
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How do you politely request someone different and more senior? [closed]

Facts: Your two superiors (henceforth S1 and S2) and you belong to the same organisation. Being junior and inferior in rank, you have been communicating with S1 but who (incompetent, ...
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As an intern, is it wrong to stay silent? [closed]

I'm an intern for 6 weeks as programmer (theoretically) - this is my first working experience ever and I'm unsure about a lot of things. The last 4 working days (I started on the 1st of June) were ...
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Juggling two jobs with different pay [closed]

I currently have two zero-hour contracts with different employers and different salaries. Let's say for the sake of simplicity, employer A pays 20$ and employer B pays 30$. The problem is, employer A ...
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How can I seem not sketchy /what's “normal” when sharing code to company without giving them access to my server/github repo?

A private company allowed me to use their API to make REST API calls (using Basic Authentication) in my application's server side. They also asked to see my implementation before I can go live. From ...
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How to deal with annoying acquaintance

I wasn't really sure where my question belongs here or on SO, but I decided to go for it on The Workplace; excuse me if I chose the wrong place, also, excuse me for my english. Here's the situation: ...
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Team lost faith in Scrum –how to change that? [closed]

I've always been in favour of communication and working practices that speed up our everyday, so I explained my coordinator about Scrum 2 years ago or so. We finally applied this a year ago, with ...
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Managing “workplace martyrs”

I have some employees who will pick up any task that falls by the wayside, take on tasks or responsibilities that other people should be doing but aren't, and end up doing all the things no-one else ...
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6answers
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How can I react to bad suggestions without offending the person making them?

I do marketing/web site management for a small business of 15 employees. A colleague from a completely different department is routinely suggesting bad ideas for the website. The latest example was ...
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Mistrust and how it ruins work [closed]

Well there's a friend of mine and I recently trusted her with a secret and she promised me she wouldn't give it away but the next instant I saw her spreading it all over the person about whom the ...
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How to dissuade my boss from answering questions he doesn't know the answer to?

From time to time I'll see an email exchange like the following: Customer: Could we have feature X? Boss: That would be tricky because we use UDP so we don't know if data is lost. When in ...
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What's the difference between being defensive and explaining yourself?

As a worker, it can be useful to avoid sounding defensive (even if one feels defensive). As a manager, it can be useful to accurately discern defensiveness in someone else. Whether trying to offer ...
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How to get better at office politics? [closed]

I'm a an employee in the UK with almost 3 years experience in the software sector. I think I'm pretty naive at office politics and at building certain type of office relationship. I believe there ...
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Changing/appending last-name to avoid name duplication

My name is a very common one, and I'm not just talking about my first name. My first name + last name combination is so popular that there were three people with exactly the same name in my high ...
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How to keep my phone number private, when I have to provide a way for students to contact me?

I am an instructor of classes that only run for 1-4 weeks. The facility I teach at requires me include my cell phone number on the class schedule that I give out. However, during and after the last ...
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How can I reapply to a job I resigned from after a very short time [closed]

I had been hired by a company and during my training period I got a better job offer so I resigned after 1 week. I am no longer working for the other company and I believe the original company is ...
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How to ask my boss to switch from a fixed-term to a remote working position?

I am working in this company for almost a year, and I am a web developer. First they hired me because they needed someone working with embedded software (a totally different branch in ICT) but then I ...
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How to say “I quit” without the negative connotation? [closed]

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? [closed]

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 [closed]

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> [closed]

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 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 ...