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 go about approaching my employer about outside work

I'm a developer who has developed an idea for my current workplace that I'd like to take a lot further and take to market. The company I work for has no interest or legal way to sell software (we've ...
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Getting manager to not over react when admitting to a mistake

Back story: I knocked on my colleague’s door and found him to be on the phone. I went back to my room and continued to work. After a will the colleague came to my room and I asked him if he could ...
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Assigned job I cannot do

I am a recent graduate who moved across the country to get his dream job in game programming. I worked at a indie company for a year and then was hired by one of the largest companies. This is a dream ...
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Boss delays decision that will decide what I will do the next year of my life

UPDATE 1: Today I confronted him once more -by simply staying after a meeting he arranged on a project I am working in. He said he needs advice by one more party (unfortunately I didn't ask whom he ...
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How to ask for clarity when instructions are almost incomprehensible

Previously I've asked questions regarding the way my manager speaks to me; this is separate from those. This is my first development job and my manager is not a technical person (at least when it ...
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Should you explain a technical issue to a non technical person or give them information and alternatives that would help them to make a decision?

Edit: Motivation : The response I came up with was due to my experiences and observing the other much smarter technical people than me at the work place. Many times the interaction went something ...
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How to effectively communicate a promotion to colleagues

I was recently informed that I am being promoted. I'd like to know how to effectively go about communicating this to my colleagues before the promotion is made public knowledge so as to ensure that it ...
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Responding to question with “act mature”

I feel like my manager has been bullying me at work and I’m preparing to take action. He said something to me today I very much don’t understand. He told me to look at someone else’s code (who no ...
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My boss is looking the other way, about my work-from-home?

I have lately been working from home more than before. Well, my boss allows us to take 4 work from home days per month. But in my current situation, I really wanted more. So I emailed him that I plan ...
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Is this an acceptable response? [closed]

While looking for some technical information, I've stumbled across this MSDN thread. ...
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How should I handle emails after-hours?

I work in a couple of IT departments, and often I'll end up doing my email from home. Usually, this ends up being when I'm bored and/or waiting for something else - usually for my coding assignments ...
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The work I am doing at my new job is not what I signed up for [on hold]

I recently started a new job as an Merchandiser at a small fashion supplier business. However all I have done is QC work and no merchandising since I have started which is 1 month and 1 week. I have ...
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How to talk to a superior abour your concerns with recent mass resignations

The company I work for (as a contractor) was recently acquired by a larger company. This has led to mass resignations from people that have been working here for many years (and in some cases ...
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How much should I help my colleague

I have a colleague who's double my age and sometimes asks questions related to development that I didn't know 6 years back. But given his age and experience, am I doing right to tell him like what ...
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Declining a full-time offer and asking for a part-time position?

I have received an full time offer from a prestigious hospital for registered nurse position. I recently changed my long term career goals and decided to pursue medical school/doctor position. ...
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please help to deaf sotware engineers [duplicate]

I'm partially deaf but i can able to speak in mobile and others near to me... I completed B.E computer science engg.. I can't able to get a job. because previous i worked in IT company as the ...
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What are some steps I can take to overcome social anxiety while working?

I recently started working in a midsize company as a software development intern. I really like the company and I really like the work. The trouble I have is building relationships with people in ...
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Coworkers resent added work, to help in my office

I have six coworkers who are required by the director to assist me a half a day once a week, two at a time, every Wednesday. This takes them from their own offices, which is an inconvenience for them ...
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Leveraging success on an important project for a promotion or raise

I work as a Software Developer at a small company. About a month ago I had a conversation with the VP about a issue one of our largest customers is having. Without any orders I took it upon myself to ...
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How to give a polite ultimatum?

I have a job that I've almost always liked. Unfortunately, the past few months I have been assigned to a team of people I just don't get along with. I work with a certain individual, "George", and ...
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Who should I report to? Conflicting requests from different people

So right now I'm an intern, I believe I have a supervisor who is also supposed to be a mentor that can help me. I tend to send him the demos of my work and to report on progress. Hes also super busy, ...
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What to do when supervisors don't make your tasks clear?

I'm an intern at a (relatively large) software company. When my supervisor gives me tasks, he is often somewhat vague and high-level about them. I do my best to interpret what he wants me to do and ...
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Asking Current Boss at internship for help finding next internship

I currently work in an internship position at a relatively small(~15 employees) software development company. Its not an official internship and there are no end-dates or anything like that. Since I ...
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How to handle work when the manager is suddenly AWOL

Recently the IT manager/director has gone somewhat AWOL. This is a person who works remotely from home and simply works through VPN, email and phone. Ordinarily he has a routine of checking on the ...
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How to get around the “there's no money in the budget” excuse when asking for a raise?

Some background: My company does annual bonuses/raises around the March timeframe. I got hired in August of last year, so at 7 months I didn't feel comfortable enough asking for a raise. I just had ...
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In an organization, whose responsibility is it (or should it be) to write an Expression of Interest document?

I'm not sure if this is the right place to be asking this type of question, but here goes: I am currently working as a junior software developer in the Information Systems department of a large ...
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Team member writing a mail like this “I want leave on monday” [closed]

I am a Lead Engineer in a software company. One of my team member(4 years exp. ) is sending mail as below for leave. Dear XXXX, I want leave on dd-mm-yyyy having personal work. Regards, YYYYY ...
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How to increase conversational skills?

What are some ways I can practice increasing my conversational skills? I don't consider myself a shy person, but I am definitely more on the introverted side. My written communication skills are ...
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How can I convince an employer not to go out of business?

The business I work for has been suffering financially and I believe I can save the business a lot of money by radically changing people's job descriptions. Some people would have to get laid off and ...
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Cleaners Rearranging My Desk

I work in a small company that has outside cleaners who come in every week and clean when the office is empty. I tend to be working on a number of projects at once, so I can have different code ...
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When is it appropriate to “go up the ladder” when someone isn't doing their job and it's affecting you? [duplicate]

Here is the situation: We need maintenance done on a utility supply that a machine we have can't run without. It's a somewhat crucial piece of equipment and time is money here (but then again, where ...
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How can I get my supervisor to consider hiring someone he has declared as unqualified?

My employer has a software developer opening for which a friend of mine would be a great candidate; in fact, she's the best, most knowledgeable programmer I know (I'm a developer myself). ...
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Finish discussion with manager who then just sits there staring

I know this sounds strange, but there’s very long drawn out periods of silence with my boss. For example 1 to 2 minutes at least. I understand English isn’t his first language but I’m positive he ...
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Suggesting changes to existing programming practices as a newcomer [duplicate]

I recently started a new job as a programmer in a small team working on a web-based app. The code base has been built up over 10-15 years, so there is a fair amount of cruft and code that could be ...
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How to politely convey that I need a week to confirm the job offer I just received when I'm awaiting decisions of other startups? [duplicate]

I just received an offer from a startup, say A and it is pretty good, the only downside is that I will be the only developer there (as of now) as most of the work is outsourced. The work will be ...
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Reporting possible damage to company owned IT equipment

Yesterday at work, I was finishing my morning espresso when my phone rang and in reaching for it, accidentally spilled some of the drink on the computer keyboard. I immediately unplugged the equipment ...
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how to focus on work at hand and prioritzing task [closed]

I am a web developer and i am not too smart with coding or a fast learner, i wanted to know tips to be more focused. Be fast and produce result. I have a habit of refactor code or indent code etc. I ...
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Strategies to cope with manager I don't respect [closed]

My manager is knowledgable but not well respected. He does not like to share knowledge, but would rather prove that he knows more than others. This is his first time in a supervisory position, and I ...
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Is it rude to directly ask my co-workers when they will be done with their work?

My co-workers are working on fixes for our last build that the users have reported. I've completed my changes, and once they are done I'm to use our HP Fortify tool to scan the changes for ...
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How to deal with colleague with annoying behaviours? [duplicate]

I sit between two coworkers, we are software enginners and we share the same table. The guy on my left spends all his day knocking on his part of the table (like it were drums), whistling, doing some ...
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Being called by a different firstname [duplicate]

I have a firstname which I like, however I prefer to be called by a different firstname in my life (which isn't on my ID Card), is that possible ? is there a way to announce it nicely to other people ...
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How can I reassure my team that key defections aren't part of a larger plan?

I'm the IT Director (CIO) for a team of approximately 40 people. My organization prides itself on treating employees well, and many of my team members have been here for 10 years or more, ...
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How to address a manager frequently losing their temper

This is a follow up to this question. Recap is I began working my current job at the beginning of May and sometimes my boss speaks to me in a way that I'm not ok with. For example I will not tolerate ...
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My boss knows that I had a phone interview with another company. How should I go about this?

So my boss and a coworker saw an email notification on my computer regarding a phone interview for another job. While I closed the notification really fast, I am fairly certain they saw. I do not have ...
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My manager is assigning me different tasks than he said he would [closed]

One of our projects failed that I mainly used to work on. When it became evident, I asked my manager several times what I would be working on if it failed. The answer was I would help out with our ...
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My boss gets mad when I missunderstand directions

I started my job in the beginning of May. My boss is not from an English speaking country and he can be hard to understand, even when not talking about technical stuff. He's a forestry scientist and ...
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How to phrase “having trouble communicating” with a particular individual

I've worked as a solo software developer for the government for a little over a month now. Basically one person hired me as he doesn't know programming. I find it challenging for me to do my job well ...
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Event director schedules events without coordinating with me, causing extra work for me

Basically, my boss and his peer (both are directors of their respective departments), don't appear to agree on a particular policy, and it's resulting in extra work for me, confusion for my ...
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How to handle mistakes during internship?

I am into my second month of my internship, however, over the past few weeks, I have been making numerous mistakes (overlooking to print certain materials and as a result having to deliver it ...
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How do I let a user know they are wrong without offending them?

We're reviewing a code change that one of our users has returned to us, claiming that they've found a bug in the code, where the total of some numbers doesn't add up correctly on a legal form. At ...