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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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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Employment Appeal Tribunal [closed]

Our employees are asked if they can do overtime when we are short staffed, it is not in their contract that they must do overtime but we do expect that they can do some overtime when needed and they ...
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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 ...
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How to work in a group where criticism of actions is very difficult? [closed]

There is a group of people: one from Sweden, one from Russia and one from Kazastan in a project about petreleum drilling. Those two (Russian and Kasastan one) agrees on everything what they decide. ...
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How to coordinate people during a period of personal emotional issues?

This may be part of a broader question that could be "how to focus on work during a period of personal emotional issues", but in my specific case, I am a manager and my day-to-day work involves both ...
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asking for change in work assigned to m [closed]

I have newly joined existing project team,i am not happy with the current work assigned to me by the team lead, can i ask my lead for change in module
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Asking for promotion to manager

I have been working with a IT company for 3 years with the same title and salary. This year I was supposed to get a promotion but it did not happen. How can I ask my manager for the reason behind it? ...
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How do I ask my boss for the commission raise I was guarateed in writing

I have been working for my present employer for 5 yrs. When I was hired I signed a contract, as did he, guaranteeing that my commission rate will increase January 1 of each year by one half of one ...
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Asking manager for more work politely [duplicate]

I joined in an IT company 3 years back but around 2 weeks back i got transferred to a new location under new manager.I have not yet assigned with any work.How do i ask politely to my manager to assign ...
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Paid lunch vs unpaid - new job issue [closed]

I don't know if you would consider this a misunderstanding, or that I am naive not to have got exact details but this is basically what happened.. I just started a new job as the web designer for a ...
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How to reply to large number of cross-company e-mails that require a lot of research, problem-solving and communicating tech ideas to non-tech people? [closed]

I recently started feeling too much was on my plate and in an effort to help me become more efficient, my boss asked me to keep track of all my tasks and record the time I require. I am a new manager ...
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How do I get my family to respect my home office?

I got my current job a few years ago when the company had a second office near my hometown. A few months later they closed that office and offered me the opportunity to work from home instead. I ...
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Applying to two positions in the same company

I recently applied for a position in three separate divisions of the same company (goverment organization, actually). The organization is big enough that the respective managers would not know each ...
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How to deal with low quality colleagues in a way that satisfies management [duplicate]

I have come to the conclusion that most managers are more interested in PR and keeping "low tones" among teams and individuals than getting the job done. (They want to avoid heated arguments). For ...
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How much information should I give when declining a job offer [closed]

I need to declined a job offer soon, probably today. My question is how much information should I give them when declining the offer. Should I share the details that went into my decision making or ...
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How do I give feedback to a manager that doesn't see the forest for the trees?

I recently completed a migration from one server to another of a service I manage that affects over 4,000 users, and it all went off without any interruption or degradation in functionality. The few ...
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How to Inform Coworkers of Vacation Schedule

We use Outlook to handle our schedules and the current way we inform people who have a vested interest in our absence is by creating a meeting request for the time out of office and including people ...