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 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) ...
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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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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 ...