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 handle work task restrictions that have been made lacking competence?

I stumbled over this question at SO Academic Studies About Costs of Memory Leaks [on hold] (It's off-topic at SO of course, but the discussion in comments evolved interesting) that basically ...
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Answer to an email I didn't send

I've got one coworker from my company (working in another location than mine) who sent me an email as if I had already asked him something, but I didn't send any mail to him. I don't know him at all. ...
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Is it appropriate to ask why my promotion was not announced?

In my workplace, all promotions are announced to our department via email. I was promoted recently. Although there was an email announcing everyone else who got promoted, no email was sent announcing ...
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Identifying parties involved with problems

When explaining why something didn't get done/was delayed/was done incorrectly, is it better to identify the party at fault or remain objective, but also risk assumption that it could have been your ...
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Periodically taking time off work for awkward medical reason

I recently started a co-op job through my university. My boss is the only one I report to and I don't work with anyone else. In the next few weeks I'm going to have to take some time off. I don't know ...
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My boss forwarded a confidential email - what is an appropriate course of action?

Recently i sent a very personal email with a list of grievances to my boss. The start of the mail was a request not to forward that mail to anyone. My boss has not yet responded to the contents of ...
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Telling my boss I can't stand to hear him eat near me

I suffer from Misophonia, meaning that certain sounds cause me to experience irrational irritability, anger, frustration and nausea. My trigger is the sound of people eating or drinking. Often my ...
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Tactfully quitting job given circumstances

I'm a co-op student with a 4 month contract for the government. I was surprised I got the job, as it was for a development position and I failed almost all technical questions in the interview. I've ...
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What is the best way to request help from my colleagues in a new job? [closed]

I have recently moved to a new job. I am not clear about the tasks that were assigned to me. For example, in PgAdmin my boss showed me some tables and asked me to copy one table from one schema to ...
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Unclear how to interpret what manager says

I started a new job where the main person I interact with is my manager. Sometimes I can't tell if he's mad, joking or asking a rhetorical question. For example he was showing me how to do something ...
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Reducing information silos and improving communication within team

In the company where I work, I have frequently found that information silos are a hinderance to team efficiency. The team whom I am a part of is small, 8 employees. To cite some examples, when I ask a ...
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How can I determine how much to talk about my personal life with clients? [closed]

I'm working as a consultant via a large consulting firm. I'm curious as to the personal relationship I should have with my new lead at the client-side. For example, suppose I'm working on a ...
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Getting accustomed to a work environment where everyone is in their own room

I started a job at a research facility for the government and there's some things I'm very unused to given my past jobs. For example, each person has their own office. So this means there's no one in ...
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How to tell your manager that you don't want a particular assignment?

I have been plotted on an assignment that I do not wish to do owing to its complex nature and the fact that my superior takes too long to review and complete it. Even after communicating my ...
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How to leave a current employer?

I work in a commission based workplace and while working up to 9 hours a day for 5 days a week and not seeing a single client. The other staff have been kind, and while there has been some rough ...
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Not getting the internship review

I made a short internship in march. My "mentor" (the guy responsible for me) wrote a review and handed it to someone else who should look over it. I then went to her office and asked if I can take it ...
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How to address The Commissioner General of an authority

I am the class president of a customs and tax (revenue) administration school in a country x. The last lot (2yrs ago) the remuneration for the trainees was double, almost triple our current stipend. ...
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How to reply to bizare question/comments from manager?

My boss is from Russia and has a thick accent, but as he's told me he's lived in the US for a long time and considers it where he's from. However there may be a language/cultural barrier. On a couple ...
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How can I address my boss's concerns about my abilities?

I started a new job and from reading between the lines I sense a tension in that my manager is not sure if I have the technical skills. I didn't lie or misrepresent my abilities in the interview. My ...
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Learning about project in new job

I started a new job and my manager emailed me several documents, probably about 100 pages in total. They explain the concept behind the program I am a dev for. The first page of the first document I ...
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How to deal with a boss who checks out of a conversation mid way?

I work in a small startup where my boss who starts a conversation with me as a way to making "in-between" talk (usually when he has to move away from his desk because the maid is cleaning the space), ...
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strategies to explain what my dept does / company-internal advertising

Our company has some 1200 employees in 12 locations on 3 continents. The departments that provide services (finance, procurement, IT, HR and ERP) for all locations are centralized. I work in the ERP ...
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Untrained intern; how do I get him to do problem solving on his own?

For a while now, I've been having a bit of a problem with a fairly untrained intern, who does not have a huge amount of experience in programming. Early on, I told him he could ask for help, knowing I ...
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How do I informatively share business contracts across an organization?

I am in the early stages of starting a small business with a partner, who is probably more technically skilled than I but less skilled business-wise. I wanted to implement some system whereby I would ...
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What is the professional way to deal with coworker who keeps trying to help but is unable to?

How would you professionally and effectively approach, without offending, a coworker (from another department - IT) who is supposed to help you, but is clearly unable to? To name a use case, I am ...
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Should I Confront my Co-worker?

So I work at a help desk where I'm the only employee around and there is no supervisor for the majority of my shifts. My supervisor recently informed me that my co-worker (whose shift is directly ...
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My boss reprimanded me for taking our scheduled call from the car. [closed]

I had a 1-on-1 call (monthly, but my boss tends to slips dates and constantly shift them around). The call was scheduled between 17:00 and 17:30; I left the office 10 minutes before 17, called in ...
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Discussing transitioning to a full time position with manager from a contract position

Currently, I am working as a third party contractor to a client in the financial services industry. In approximately 2 months, my contract ends. I enjoy my responsibilities, my coworkers and have a ...
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How do I inquire about a missing email just after I got the job?

So a company made me an offer a couple of days ago! They asked me to sign and return a PIIA, the offer letter, and a background check release. The hiring manager at the company said that after he ...
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How to deal with a customer who “incorrects” my English?

As a professional service provider, our company provides a customized IT enterprise solution to a customer. One of our deliverables is a design document, which describes the components at a high ...
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How to respond when boss says sorry?

My boss is very nice to me. Often he will apologize when he is unable to make time for me because he is too busy with other work. Additionally he will usually apologize the next time he communicates ...
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What do I tell my new manager about my old manager?

Recently there was a restructuring at work and everyone who works in my building - including my old manager - now works in a different division, except me. I now have a temporary manager, awaiting a ...
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I emailed my customer asking multiple questions. Their reply addressed only one. What is the polite way to point this out?

I asked the customer three questions, and they only answered one, as if the others didn't exist. I need answers to all those questions. Frankly, I find it a little rude that they didn't read my email ...
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Best way to address an executive who interrupts a conversation with a colleague

The situation was as follows: I was at a company event carrying a casual conversation with a colleague when I was interrupted mid-conversation by an executive. To my recollection, the executive was ...
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Personal problems between employees

We are a technology startup, the problem i am facing is that my colleague(same designation as mine) Manager A and a member of his team (Coder A) have become incompatible.. it started out with ...
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How can I avoid the risk of mistakenly deleting data from a production environment with no backups? [closed]

I am a junior developer who is still not confident in my role. I am dealing with very sensitive, unrecoverable data in our production environment. A lot of my workload involves different tasks in our ...
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No responce for applied vacation [closed]

I sent a vacation request a week a ago, and reconfirmed again via email on the 6th day by thanking the manager for the given vacation day, assuming they will be a response to my email either day is ...
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Dealing with a bossy venue keeper

I've recently started working in an non profit organization. We're working on different fields, one of them is work in a neighborhood where a lot of underprivileged people live. There we do most of ...
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How to deal with an overly helpful coworker

I have a coworker in another department, and she and I work closely on many projects. She is very knowledgeable in her field, and I am in mine, and I really like her. The only problem is that when I ...
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How to respond to the offer of working extra hours to compensate for a trip, instead of getting originally-requested time off?

Vacation Need/Want I usually have just enough vacation days to keep me happy, but the problem is a 6-work-day trip I am taking with my University, which seriously cuts into my PTO package. I have 10 ...
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Potential employer is uncontactable [duplicate]

I have recently applied to position X at a company. However they saw that I was more interested in field Y as listed on my CV so also put me forward to position Y which I previously did not see on ...
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Too much verbosity in text messages [closed]

I'm working with another student as part of an organization at my university, and we've been texting each other lately. Through these conversations, I've realized that she is very verbose in her ...
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How to properly ask for a reporting server? [closed]

I took a new job to help with work place productivity. I am finding it very difficult to ask for more efficient methods to be enacted. The major issue is creating dashboards. Hours and hours are spent ...
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How to handle the aftermath of a huge mistake

So I accidentally left a line of code in our application that caused a major accounting display error on the application and slowed down our clients' workflow for the entire day, forcing us to ...
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how do I tell my boss I'd like to work from home on a regular basis? [duplicate]

I am unsure how to ask that because I am the most junior employee, and as far as I know no one else in the company works from home. If they accepted I would feel like I am getting special treatment, ...
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How to equalize the opportunity to speak during meetings

I am a board member for a local non-profit where all board members are considered equal. During meetings, when two people begin speaking at the same time, one member consistently dominates. That ...
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How to deal with a bossy, micro-managing co-worker [duplicate]

I'm a web dev (mostly front-end/UX designer), at a small shop of less than 10. I was hired quite quickly as they had projects piling up and the previous person in my position had kind of left them ...
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How to ask for mentorship from a senior?

I've been working at a bigger tech firm for about 7 months now, and I am the most junior person on my team at 26 and only programming full-time for a year. My colleagues are all in their 40s and 50s ...
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How to approach my boss about a workshop I'd like to attend to knowing that we have a tight budget?

There's this seminar/workshop that is work related and might help me a lot in developing in future projects with our specific framework. However, I am quite aware that we are on a tight budget. ...
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How do I politely decline an invitation to an event that would be unpleasant or uncomfortable to me?

This question recently asked for advice on how to turn down an invitation to a sporting event the asker had no interest in. Most of the answers provided, including the highest upvoted one, recommend ...