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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My manager want me transfer to other location that I am not comfortable with

I am currently working in a place that is near to my home. My manager wants me to transfer to some other place that I don't want to go. How can I say him politely so that I can continue to work in ...
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How do I handle a rude coworker?

I am a manager with several direct reports. My manager also manages another team. One of his direct reports is continually rude to me in front of other employees. We have a work from home policy, and ...
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How to create workplace refrigerator rules when rules did not previously exist?

So at my office, everyone had been using the refrigerator responsibly and considerately for as long as I have been there. All of a sudden this year, at least one person has started storing raw meat in ...
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Followup after a phone interview?

I had a short phone interview with the head of a small company this morning, it was more of a "see-who-this-person-is" type of call prior to meeting in person. The call ended with us agreeing to meet ...
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How to stay in the loop when senior managers go above you in external relations?

I manage the relationship with one of our key vendors e.g. an enterprise resource planning software such as SAP. As such, I initiate and look after negotiations, issues, new products, opportunities ...
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How to ask for a much needed system upgrade?

I am working in a IT company and my system's specifications don't meet my workload and cpu requirements. While I am working, the system becomes very slow making me both less efficient and very ...
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How does one tactfully express concern over a team member's capabilities?

I'm a developer and the person I'm describing has been with us for over a year as part of the Quality Assurance team. They've been trained up by a true veteran of QA and while they aren't exactly the ...
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How to react to a co-worker who tries to be funny, but isn't?

We have a new guy at our office who several times a day makes a funny remark or joke. Unfortunately his jokes are about as funny as small talk is interesting and I am not sure how I should react. I ...
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How to deal with less productive days? [closed]

Yesterday I had one of those days you get once in a while. You are less productive it is hard to focus on work related subjects or just any subjects at all and you cannot wait the day to be over. The ...
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How do I tell my boss he needs to hire an IT Admin?

My new responsibility as IT Admin - how can I deal with a situation outside my abilities? Long story short, my department doesn't have an IT admin and it needs one badly. My boss has been ...
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Took my work keys home and they are shared between workers, why should I call my Manager rather than just pretend it never happened? [closed]

I accidentally took a work-related key home. This key is shared among others coworkers. I do have work tomorrow but the people on the shift before me are going to be pretty pissed because there is ...
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How can I get my colleagues to stop interrupting me?

I am the youngest and the least experienced member of my team of eight. Everyone else has at least six years' experience. I have been observing that, for a long time now, whenever I try making a ...
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How to deal with communication barriers? [closed]

I recently finished my B.Sc. in business information systems and am going to start my career as a part of an IT system administrator team soon. However, I already got experience in working life doing ...
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Should I Just Deal With Interruptions?

I'm a lead developer of a 6 person software team. Among the applications we develop are some that are used for in-house operations. As lead, I'm a resource to the other developers and a liaison to ...
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How can I discourage employees from working voluntary overtime?

I run a small company (5 salaried employees). We have recently expanded from 3 to 5 staff, and while we are comfortable financially, there is not much spare money available. However there is a lot of ...
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Working with team members who do not follow up with responding to task requests in the agreed time

I find I have quite a bad memory so when I ask a team member if they could do something and let me know when it's done I tend to forget about it and rely on that person to remember and hence let me ...
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How can a junior convince a senior developer to use object oriented concepts?

This topic relates to web development / software engineering; however the question can be related to other fields of expertise involving a more junior employee being more technically skilled than a ...
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How to take ownership to solve an issue when managers focus on pinpointing person to blame and punish?

When any kind of failure happens at my company, the first question everyone in the hierarchy asks is "Whose fault was it?" I remember once overhearing a conversation where someone replied "It's no ...
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Internship: Manager never available [duplicate]

I am currently in an intern position and have been for a few weeks now. My problem is that I can never get a hold of my manager to get feedback on the work I am doing. He will assign me work and when ...
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How to deal with an intern who puts no effort in her work?

There is an intern who I am responsible for this summer. But apparently she isn't interested in the job. I gave her a research assignment which is needed for her following assignments. I told her ...
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How to handle when boss eschews or gives unclear instructions on a new assignment?

(Note: there are similar questions, though this is distinct in as far as a boss is involved and the task is unknown to me) My boss recently assigned me Project X. Although I am vaguely familiar with ...
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How do I invite coworkers to my presentation.

I am an Intern this summer and am required to give poster presentation along with all the other interns open to the office in a few weeks as part of my internship.I am significantly younger than all ...
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How do I handle my last name changing after marriage?

Though I'm not currently getting married, I've always wondered how I should handle my last name within the workplace when I do. In the workplace, your name is directly attached to your work. When ...
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How do I ask my former boss for back pay when I've been grossly underpaid?

I worked for a chocolatier restaurant for barely above minimum wage. After a year, I quit due to the low pay. Since then, I've done some research online and with other professionals to find that I ...
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How to handle a condescending co-worker?

It's my first time posting here so just bear with me. I work at a software development company that primarily focuses on C#-based web development, but they also work on desktop applications on ...
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Coworkers paranoid about me leaving?

I work in Midland, Texas, which is really in the middle of nowhere. I'm originally from Houston and took this job because it's the only one. Whenever I go out of town on business, especially to a ...
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How can I correct an elder team member without causing offence?

I am working for a consulting firm and they employed me at their client location for their client project. My team consists of different team members who are also employed from different organizations ...
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How to deal with colleagues scolding/taunting me for my sniffles, rhinitis, hay fever?

Those of you who are located in the Northern Hemisphere surely know that it's the season of airborne pollen, which in some people can cause serious allergic hay fever, rhinitis and asthma. I am one ...
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How to deal with lying co-worker who misrepresents issues or makes up scenarios

I've come in contact with a situation recently at work where a co-worker I formerly worked with in an old position has been misrepresenting or creating tension by lying about situations of contact ...
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How to get better at work if my managers say my problem is that I have no “common sense”?

I am a management assistant and my manager keeps telling me I need to do this and I need to do that; I do exactly as he says, but then it's still not what he wants. And he says I have to use common ...
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How do I get technical answers out of a non-technical person? [closed]

Our group works with a fairly complicated application that routinely has bugs crop up, meaning we have amazing job security, but also have to constantly be helping our users resolve these bugs. One ...
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Administrator thinks I, an IT volunteer student, am hacking the school network

I'm a high school student volunteering with the school administrator, and he is somehow sure that I am always trying to hack the school server and put viruses on the computers. A group of us spent a ...
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How to deal with a job which is very demanding and might be under-eligible for doing it?

I am constantly feeling overwhelmed in this job and there is never a sense of comfort. I remember being someone who liked challenges, but one at a time. My job is really good for someone who is ...
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Manager does not respond to my emails [duplicate]

I am a software engineer from the Ukraine working in a multinational company. My manager is located in the USA. I have a communication problem with my manager that I will explain with an example. I ...
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Dealing with verbose colleagues politely [duplicate]

I was wondering if anyone has encountered a verbose colleague who doesn't feel any kind of need to 'get to the point'? I'm a lead developer working on a version of software. The lead stakeholder from ...
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Is age a problem when applying for a SE Asia job as an English teacher? [closed]

My relevant work experience is old but I'd like to think I'm still as capable as I was. I was thinking of working overseas, probably SE Asia, maybe like Jakarta Indonesia. I heard that English ...
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How to handle a coworker who likes arguing to cause conflict

At several jobs I've had a colleague that I had to work with who liked to argue over pointless things. It can be very frustrating and time consuming and is never productive, and usually is only ...
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How do I quit a job when my manager is at a distant location?

I work at a large company and after the most recent "management restructuring," most of the employees in my department have managers at various other locations. While my manager used to sit about 30 ...
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How do I take a break on the spot in a moment of extreme stress or feeling overwhelmed?

What can I say/do when I am about to explode (for any possible reason) and need to stop or take a break on the spot even if I am in the middle of something - due to feeling overwhelmed, stressed, ...
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Accepting a new job offer while in the middle of training

I'd thought I'd get some thoughts on my situation. I have been looking for a new job position while still thinking long term at my current company. I had been following the mindset that until I got a ...
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How to ask why I am excluded from wider team communications/e-mails?

I recently found out multiple times from fellow first line managers in my department that they had received official e-mails which I hadn't. While I started feeling that was weird/fishy, the ...
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Computer records say I did something wrong - but I didn't. How to convince boss?

I cannot go into exact details due to privacy reasons, but essentially the records on a database that tracks our work imply that I made a very bad mistake - or that I am lying - but I am sure that I ...
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How do I tell a colleague that I don't want to add him to Facebook?

I consider Facebook to have information that is personal and that I only share with close friends and family. However, in my new workplace I’ve been asked several times for my Facebook username and/or ...
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Should I followup after 8 business days, interview went so well?

I gave a interview at a great company on 21st May so technically its been 8 business days. The interview went great. I gave 2 interviews: one phone interview and final in-person interview. The first ...
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How can I sell myself within the office [duplicate]

Currently I am happily working for my boss. My boss told me at my contract extension he was happy with me and was thrilled with the work I did. He told me I do have to work on one thing: ...
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Should I go to the office of a company to discuss a project without appointment?

I'm still a French student, preparing an examination at master level which requires to build a small project with an industrial company. But my situation is becoming really taut: examinations are ...
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Co-workers using informal language for communication

At my office we make heavy use of IM (ex. Skype) for communication, partially since half our team is offshore. However people commonly disregard spelling and make excessive use abbreviations resulting ...
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How can I ask my boss for training?

I am a software developer and I have worked at this company for over a year. This is my first job. I am the only developer on this project and there is a project manager beside me who doesn't have ...
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Helping anxious coworkers by becoming a better instructor

I have coworkers who are really eager to agree with what you say, but don't really listen. I can be explaining how something works, or instructing them on certain procedures, and they will quickly ...
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A team member made a mistake and I need to manage it

One of my team member made a mistake and a manager noticed it who sent me an email regarding a follow up meeting with the team member. However my concern here is that the mistake was witnessed by one ...