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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As an trainee, how can I convince the administrators of our international intranet to let me use the internet?

Ok, I lied. They let me use the internet, but I just need a little bit more that visiting the online applications of the society. I work as an apprentice since 4 months on a company that have centers ...
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How to defend my supervisor from higher management

Overview We have a project in our office, it isn't going well. There are many causes, but the biggest are: The project was underbid, so we never really had a chance of making any money (we are a ...
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Should I tell my boss about my coworker possibly leaving?

One of my coworkers just told me he's put his resume out there and just had a phone interview - he did this on site, at our office! This is not a duplicate of Should I raise concerns about a ...
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How to explain issues of momentum

I am a Web Developer, full-time, but that isn't so much important. At my current gig, and at previous jobs really, there is this issue of not dividing up work and planning for it far enough ahead of ...
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What are the good and bad effects of following hierarchical structure strictly? [on hold]

Certain managers and leads, in particular, enforce certain rules that create a culture of hierarchy. For Example, one has to keep his reporting manager informed before having any cross team ...
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Not getting confirmation for an internship

I had an interview for a internship last week. They told me, I will get the internship and I will get an email from their recruting manager "the next days". Now 9 days have passed and I haven't ...
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What is the likely professional impact of requesting an internal transfer because of a bad manager?

I work for a company in north Africa that is owned by a bigger company in UK. Reporting hierarchy: Me-->my local manager-->development manager in UK-->IT manager in UK. I'm preparing to request to be ...
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How to deal with dumb and arrogant coworker? [closed]

I am currently working with a guy on a software engineering project, we are both new hires. The problem that I'm having with this guy is that he does not use his brain when it comes to problem ...
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My manager used my colleague to tell me I was moving jobs

I will be moving teams within my company in around 6 weeks. I am happy with the position that I will be taking, from what I have heard of it. I am also content in my current role however. I was told ...
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Unable to mingle with coworkers even after a couple of years

I am a test engineer, and have switched my company a couple of years back. I had a very good rapport with people in my team, during the five years I worked in a previous company. However, the ...
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How to break ineffective communication patterns/behaviors in my personality and replace with effective patterns and behaviors? [on hold]

I am working for US based organization. I have found there are few ineffective communication patterns/behaviors in myself which I need to stop and replace with effective patterns, but I don't know ...
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How to fill in for an absentee manager?

I recently joined a biggish company in a not well-defined role of coordinator/coach, but not actual manager, of a small business unit. My boss, i.e. my business unit's actual manager, is time-starved ...
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How do deal with a rude co-worker as a new hire?

I started my new position just under a month ago. I was hired by a senior manager, whom my manager reports to, but never spoke with my current team during the interview process. My manager is ...
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What timeframe do recruiters mean when they email “You should hear back from XYZ with an update shortly.”?

I interviewed with a company two weeks back and got an email this Monday that "You can expect to hear back from another employee with an update shortly." Its the 4th day now, but two days out of the ...
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How to deal with an bad project manager? [closed]

I am in charge of producing web applications, internal software, and other apps at MEGACOMPANY. I have pretty good say on these projects and can work on what I want within reason but at the same time ...
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How to convey I'm innocent when client thinks I'm responsible for missing data?

I have a remote client that I'm contracted for adding new features to their training website. Half way through the project, my client notified me that some data was missing for a two month period (I ...
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What obstacles are there, from an employer's view, to change contract from hourly to salary and how do I overcome those?

Question: What reasons might my employer have to decline my request for salary, and how can I refute these? Background: I have been with my employer for a little over a year. I am a designer, ...
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How to handle my boss suddenly not responding in the middle of conversation

Here's a (representative) conversation we just had. We were in the middle of a conversation about something else, where he did answer me - it's not like he was looking at code or doing something and ...
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Is it illegal to use my personal cell phone for work related matters? [closed]

I'm a restaurant manager and contact crew members via text sometimes. Someone told me that it's illegal, and I should only use the company land line and call them. Our company has not had a policy ...
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Should I give a bigger notice period than what is required of me?

I am a contractor and my current contract ends on May 29. I have been in this position for a total of 3 contracts (including the current one), in contract lengths of 3 months, 3 months, and 6 months, ...
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How to handle coworker who breaks my Do Not Disturb signal (opens my closed office door)

I rarely close my office door, but when I do, it is usually for a reason (I am busy or stressed or need to focus, and closed off environment helps me do just that). There is a coworker who ...
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What is a nice way to say I'M BUSY without saying I'M BUSY? (How do I manage workplace distractions?) [duplicate]

I work out of a couple offices, although I would get more work done if I were at home or in a closed office, for a real estate office. I get bombarded with a constant influx of projects that I ...
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How can I reduce communication gaps with a colleague who has different working style?

I am working as a Tech Lead for a team. We have a Architect who has joined in our team recently. Some how I have noticed his working style, communication style is different. Because of this most of ...
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Ask for promised money in a startup

I've recently joined a startup. (I'm one of the first "employees", but not a founder). At the start, I was asked if I would like to work for money or for shares; I chose shares over money, because ...
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how to deal with a hands off boss?

I just started a new job in a new field after completing my graduate degree. I'm working in a startup of about 20 people, and my team - research - is three people. While we have weekly status ...
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How to approach supervisor not responding to me about my request to work from home? [duplicate]

A few months ago, I first approached them regarding this issue as it would greatly benefit me to work from home once a week. They responded with a no and their reason was the website currently is ...
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Giving critical information to a senior [duplicate]

I recently joined a project as the most junior member in the entire team. As usual, our project manager split up the work to be done and assigned the tasks to different team members for follow up. ...
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My manager doesnt want anyone internal or external cc'd into email to him? [closed]

I'm working on a major project with my manager. I've got the impression for a while he is 'keeping me out the loop' - I'm not being told of developments in the project. I have become concerned as the ...
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How to deal with an employee who ignores you

I am having an issue with an employee/former co-worker who is flat out ignoring me. I work in a department in a college and for many years I worked as a student assistant. When I graduated I became a ...
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What to do when tasks I am to work on are all to be at “top priority at the same time”

You may skip to the last paragraph for condensed question, but read back for details. I have a somewhat of a consistent issue I deal with at the workplace. The issue is lack of clearly defined ...
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How to estimate tasks scope of which keeps sliding as I keep working on them?

Background: I am working on a legacy code base. It is huge. I did not write it. I have done a lot of work on it, but more work remains. There are still unknown parts in there for me. Scenario ...
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What language (semantically) do I use to write a short spontaneous yearly status report?

I am writing the status on a project I am working on. This will be informal style meeting but quite an important one, since head of our small company will be there as well. I found out about the ...
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Sexist and homophobic jokes from teammates. Should I approach my Scrum Master or Manager?

I belong to a team of engineers and I have been often hearing sexist, racist, homophobic and transmisogynist jokes from some of them. At first they have been telling it to themselves, which I don't ...
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How do I tell my boss that we need to hire more staff, and how do I make sure that we actually need to? [duplicate]

Disclaimer : This is my first (non-internship) job, and this might explain some parts of my thinking. I'm working as a Web Developer in a government office. I alone hold the position of Web ...
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Asking higher-ranking co-worker advice/opinion on managerial decision

Short version of question: Is it appropriate to ask a higher-ranking coworker, who is in the company's management, his/her opinion or to get advice on potential decisions that the company's owner (aka ...
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what to do with the arrogant coworker who doesn't want to cooperate? [closed]

I recently got hired in a company as an information security specialist who should find vulnerabilities and send recommendations to the IT team so they can fix it. X is a member of the IT Team and he ...
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Improving communication with international coworkers from another culture [duplicate]

I am a recent graduate student having secured my first entry level position in a financial services firm. I recently received feedback from both my coworkers and supervisor that while my performance ...
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Timing for sensitive issues [closed]

When is a good time to bring up sensitive issues within a small project group? My questions is mostly about the timing, is there an appropriate time? Example: If you have to fire someone, if you got ...
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How do I handle non-technical project manager whose estimation is always half than my estimation [duplicate]

How do I handle the situation where the non-technical project manager never agreed to our estimated time line and as per him it should be half or even less than what we had estimated? According to ...
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When to ask questions during online training - at the very end or at anytime throughout?

I am attending training with several other team members. This training is online through Skype. Typically, the trainer talks continuously for, say, 20-25 minutes. After this, he asks if anyone has ...
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Is it better to ask or not send a thank you? [closed]

Recently, a friend had a Skype interview where they, unfortunately, did not catch the interviewer's name, though it was mentioned once at the beginning of the interview. The area is medicine, and ...
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How to communicate with boss that I enjoy the work but dissatisfied with treatment [closed]

I work in a small team with a direct administrative supervisor. I often work on multiple simultaneous projects with different project directors, but it is my admin supervisor who manages my workload. ...
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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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Should I forward an email from a different project answering the same question? [closed]

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) ...