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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Overloaded, delegated work, now accused of “offloading” my responsibilities. How to address criticism?

I am a relatively new manager in a highly matrix'd organization (multiple managers/accountabilities per person) and over the past six months my own functional team has been chronically suffering from ...
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Benefits of Senior/Lead level positions and Business Case examples [on hold]

I've been tasked with creating a Business Case to add Senior or Lead positions to our department which sounds easy enough, but I have a few hurdles. I do not have access to a good chunk of our ...
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Not Received Salary from Last 3 Months & Terminated without Notice - Sales & Marketing professional [on hold]

i m a Sales & Marketing professional working In Hyderabad, India Based Laboratory From one year. Company People Not paid me my Salary of last three months Neither given me appointment latter ...
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Should I forward an email from a different project answering the same question? [on hold]

I used to work on at one company, on one project, Project A. Now I work at another company on another project, Project B. None of my old coworkers are involved with Project B in any way. I was asked ...
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Contact future line manager when going on vacation before starting job

I'm starting my new job in January. Last week I signed the contract, now currently going through HR background checks. I'm planning to go on holiday for two weeks - is it necessary to email future ...
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What are some tips for apologizing to my CEO for missing a very important meeting? [closed]

So this morning, I went to my office expecting to attend this HUGE meeting (overview and intro to procedures on a large grant my organization has been awarded) and learned, too late, that the meeting ...
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Someone I manage keeps cc'ing my boss

I manage a team of about 20 at my company. One the people I manage will occasionally send emails to me to tell me things he thinks I should do differently. If I disagree with him, he'll reply and cc ...
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How to stay friendly when turning down requests your boss asked you not to escalate? [duplicate]

A common advice when receiving conflicting requests that compete for the same time and resources is to escalate the requests to the manager. But what if the manager explicitly asks you not to do so ...
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How to not appear defensive when turning down requests from the rest of the company? [duplicate]

Our company highly emphasizes that everyone should do their best at cross-departmental teamwork and as such we also have 360 degree appraisals, not just from our direct line manager. People get fired ...
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Employer not responding to my calls after making an offer [closed]

One and half month ago, I started to work on a mission of 1 month (ended on November 20). At the end of my mission, the employer gave me two options: work from home (I'm 250km away from the office) ...
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What can I do to prepare for working remotely?

Background info: I currently work on site (database developer) but will be moving to another state in a month. My boss has given me the okay to work remotely. I'll be the first remote worker in my ...
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How to gain visibility when overloaded with less important tasks?

I am not able to work on tasks that help gain more visibility in the team. I have been working on a large but less important task recently, so my team members are able to do the tasks with higher ...
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Is it okay to reply “Will do. Thanks.”?

I recently accepted an offer to work at another location. There is a person in contact with me and they sent me a first week preparation email. I replied that I got the email and would read it over ...
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How to best point out possible improvements in something done by your boss/supervisor?

Situation is as follows: I'm a developer in some small IT company in Germany - started the job about 6 months ago. Work climate is great, everyone gets along very well with each other and behaviour ...
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How to handle constant sexual jokes from coworker? [duplicate]

I work in a big company, where I have one coworker, which always makes me feel really uncomfortable by his constant jokes with sexual connotations. I see this coworker in breaks or when having lunch ...
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Is a resignation letter always needed?

I recently put in my two-weeks notice and prepared a resignation letter as is generally expected. It was short, to the point, and did not provide much more than "I'm leaving, you've been a great boss, ...
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My boss saw me doing personal thing in desk

Yesterday, my usually cool and supportive boss came to my desk for asking something and he saw me doing unofficial non-work activities at my desk. He did not react much but he asked what I was doing. ...
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how to communicate a contact to keep me in mind for better opportunities?

To keep it short and to the point, my dad knows a few people working in the IT industry. My dad has done some construction work in their premises. That's how my dad gets to know these individuals meet ...
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How to cleverly complain in one's appraisal that new hires get more compensations than current ones [duplicate]

I work with a small company. 2 new 'software developer' hires get more compensation than the currently employed ones, based on their experience (years) in technology which has around 15% contribution ...
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How to communicate assertively with cocky coworkers (especially business/sales-people)?

I am very social and extroverted, however, maybe because I have been a bully victim at school, I am easily sensitive to behaviors that reek of pushy and superior. There are a number of situations ...
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Difficulty in expressing my thoughts verbally and written [duplicate]

I also have difficulty expressing my thoughts verbally and in a written format. I empathise fully with this person. It is something I am aware of every single day and in every conversation. I feel as ...
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Team communication - what to use instead of emails?

Suppose I have a very important remark on some kind of technical convention or a rude bug in the code that everybody copy all over the place, how can I notify my colleagues on subject? Although we ...
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How to stay professional when people keep physically chasing for an immediate answer - even if they are in the queue? [duplicate]

In my work, requests from multiple sources are queued and completed in order of priority so that I can focus on one task at a time. My boss sets overall priorities, though I have a broad degree of ...
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How to go “above and beyond” when I don't have time, resources or processes to do so every single day?

I previously asked A superior is complaining about me for things that are not my responsibility - should I tell their superior? and really appreciated the answer by maple_shaft to act as professional ...
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What's the most professional and constructive response to false accusations?

My boss says that I have done something wrong but I didn't and I have no doubt about it. Regardless of context, what's the most professional response or behavior to adapt when one is falsely accused ...
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Why is it a bad idea to undersell certain skills in an interview?

I recently graduated university (UK), and in my final year I had several interviews for jobs as a programmer. One of these interviews consisted of two parts; a standard question-and-answer section ...
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How To Convince Boss To Sell In-Development App To Software Company [closed]

Short Version: Sorry for the long post. The short version of this question is just like the title: How To Convince Boss To Sell In-Development App To Software Company Long Version: I work as the sole ...
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Customer of my employer wants DOB, last 4 digits of SSN, state of residence, and full name. OK?

One of my employer's customers wants everyone's DOB, last 4 digits of my Social Security number, state of residence and full name. I am not comfortable with this. They explained it is to keep track ...
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How to deal with a situation where team is unaware of my efforts and thinks that I am on the contrary, not managing my time well?

I am on a scrum team. my company has sort of a freeze period going on, where in there are meant to be no releases of our software product / services. So, though there is still enough work for most of ...
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Should I raise concerns about a co-worker possibly leaving?

I have a very valuable co-worker (I'll call him Joe). He is my senior at the company by a couple of years. I am afraid he is thinking about leaving our current company. Without being too specific, ...
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How to tell sender they forgot the attachment without embarrassing them?

So I got an email from someone reading "blah blah, X is attached". However the email has no attachments. Obviously they just forgot to attach X before hitting the send button. How should I hint ...
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How to shoo away people who make informal requests at the desk or canteen? [duplicate]

My role involves working with teams across the company, but there is a strong tendency for people to come and chat us up informally in order to get their things done, put pressure and even "blackmail" ...
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Is it ethical to send a text to an unknown girl in my office by getting her mobile number through employee portal?

I am working in a multinational software company in India. Here in my office I am really interested in making a friendly relationship with a girl who doesn't know anything about me. Meaning she's from ...
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How to explain to my team why they shouldn't interfere when other managers or teams talk to me?

If a supervisor, another teams' manager or a different team member comes to my desk/area and asks questions or wants to discuss an issue, some of my more enthusiastic team members jump in and start ...
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After paid internship ends, employer keeps asking for help - how to ask for compensation/say no?

After I finished my paid internship for the summer, my supervisor keeps asking me to help with small tasks here and there, but it'll end up becoming a lot of time. I don't want to burn bridges, but I ...
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How can I deal with an employee that always arrives late? [duplicate]

I supervise a group of 5 employees and one of them is consistently late like 20 to 30 minutes. We are expected to arrive at 8am and don't have the option of working late to make up coming in late. I ...
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What Do I Do When I Have Grammatical Mistakes And It Is Too Late To Fix Them

My girlfriend (SO from this point forward) is working on a pilot project that is designed to help young start-up companies understand more about technology and how they can use it to better their ...
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How long should I wait before following up if I'm stalled until a response?

I sent an email to my coworker asking about a problem I was having, to clarify if it was a problem with a test I wrote or a bug in the code. I got a response saying it might be related to what he's ...
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Applying for a higher position in the same department [duplicate]

My manager left a few months ago while i just started working in the company for only 3 months. I was then given the opportunities and appointed by my director to learn all the jobs and duties of my ...
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I have so many problems I cannot focus on work - should I resign? [closed]

I have a huge amount of personal problems that take a lot of time, including being worried and trying to sort a few things out. But I can neither focus on one nor the other properly when I am at work ...
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How can I unify a team of people working remotely?

I’m currently on a team with people who work in different countries. This question makes the assumption that it is better to have some level of interpersonal connection among team members; we are ...
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Was let go from my job and client wants to know what happened. What do I say?

I was hired as an Account Supervisor at a small communications firm. The owner was my boss and the rest of the staff about 3 other people were contractors. I worked there roughly for 3 months, doing ...
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Human Resources breach of confidentiality? [closed]

I was discussing my future at my company with our HR head. I'm currently an intern/ executive administrative assistant and was trying to determine if there was possibility to move up in the company. I ...
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How can I ask for a salary renegotiation without seeming ungrateful? [duplicate]

I'd like to renegotiate my salary at work, but I'm concerned about coming across as ungrateful. My company has done a lot for me, including paying for me to take classes (costing them ~7k) and giving ...
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Apologising professionally

At my company we have flexible hours but sometimes, according to a schedule, we have to stay on till late to lock up and switch everything off. I've only done this a few times and normally I switch ...
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Asking for Confirmation of my Upcoming Job Offer

I am currently working a student co-op position at a company. It's like an internship, except I take time off of school to work full-time for the company. This is intended to be three semesters of ...
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My performance heavily suffers from distractions and partial code rewrites. How can I fix this? [closed]

Some background: I'm a diagnosed person with Asperger's syndrom (a high-function form of autism) who works at a smallish IT company (about 25 employees). My autism mainly manifests in diffulty in ...
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How to maintain good relationships across the company when boss doesn't want me to help anyone except my immediate team?

Partly because our team is overwhelmed, my manager asked me a few months ago to turn down any requests for help or information from the rest of the company unless extremely critical to our own job. ...
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How to communicate more clearly, after a superior said the way I speak sounds f-'d up?

Today I had a conversation with a superior who is some kind of a "mentor" to me within the company. After a few meetings in which he was also present he told me I need to work on the clarity in the ...
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startup etiquette: employee and supervisor meeting without me [closed]

I am the cofounder / CTO of a very small startup, ~4 people. We recently had to let go 2 people for differing reasons. As a result, we moved one engineer from working mostly on metrics to work on our ...