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 deal with a bossy, micro-managing co-worker

I'm a web dev (mostly front-end/UX designer), at a small shop of less than 10. I was hired quite quickly as they had projects piling up and the previous person in my position had kind of left them ...
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How to ask for mentorship from a senior?

I've been working at a bigger tech firm for about 7 months now, and I am the most junior person on my team at 26 and only programming full-time for a year. My colleagues are all in their 40s and 50s ...
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How to approach my boss about a workshop I'd like to attend to knowing that we have a tight budget?

There's this seminar/workshop that is work related and might help me a lot in developing in future projects with our specific framework. However, I am quite aware that we are on a tight budget. ...
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How do I politely decline an invitation to an event that would be unpleasant or uncomfortable to me?

This question recently asked for advice on how to turn down an invitation to a sporting event the asker had no interest in. Most of the answers provided, including the highest upvoted one, recommend ...
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How to turn down gift from the boss after going through hard times?

A few months ago, the company I was working with, was on a shaky ground with our client. The client was unhappy with our performance, and decided to give our company a chance to make things amend. ...
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How do I be more visible at work? [duplicate]

The firm I joined initially got acquired by a bigger firm couple of months back. After the acquisition, the work quality has decreased severely. I work as a tool developer for a semiconductor company, ...
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Got an offer from a software company: may *I* ask for a code sample now? [duplicate]

I know this question will raise eyebrows and I kind of enjoy it. I passed the interview with a company making software, and got an offer. May I ask for a sample of their codebase? The reason is that ...
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Handling the departure of one's immediate supervisor

I unfortunately received the unpleasant information at work that my immediate supervisor will be departing the company for reasons unknown to me. I have a performance evaluation upcoming within next ...
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How to decline to teach programs to company workers

I work for a nonprofit. I'm 7 weeks into the job. My title is social media manager so as you can imagine, I know how to use the Adobe Creative Suite. Here's the problem, my immediate superior, who ...
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To inform my team members and hierarchy that I'm applying for other internal positions

I've applied for other internal positions in my multinational software company. I'm doing it for the following reasons: The vision of our project is the opposite of the company's global vision My ...
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How to get employees to set alarm when exiting the building?

My office has an alarm that should be set when they exit the building. Unfortunately, sometimes the last employee out forgets, or doesn't realize that they're the last one (the office is on a single ...
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How to prevent a psychologically fragile person from harming a team?

I'm currently advising a team of six developers working in a company which relies on this team to handle all in-house projects. The team has a developer who—for some legal reasons I would prefer to ...
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Perceived disrespect from other team [closed]

Where I work there are several software programming teams all focusing on different products using completely different technical stacks. I've noticed a somewhat disturbing pattern in that I perceive ...
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How do I effectively communicate with a co-worker who has Aspergers? [duplicate]

I strongly suspect that one of my co-workers has Aspergers. We are both programmers and he doesn't have any issues performing the technical requirements of the job, but I'm finding it extremely ...
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How to grow a backbone in a corporate environment?

I could make a long list of what I don't like about my current boss or company but I'll spare this information, instead I will make a list about my own mistakes and errors: Not communicating my ...
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Contacting Colleagues outside of work hours

I would like to know what is the consensus regarding etiquette on contacting coworkers outside work hours, for example in the evening on a work night (Mon-Fri). If one is working collaboratively on a ...
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How to deal with non-objective co-workers

I work for a software development team in which some people just don't know when to stop talking. A very common pattern I have noticed is when someone comments something then another person states ...
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Using personal email to communicate work related information

I am recently new at my job and have yet to be set up for remote access to the company intranet at home. The project communication is not urgent but the project is due near the end of next week. If I ...
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My co-workers keep saying “God bless you!” and I do not get it [closed]

I work as a software test engineer. Even when I do not sneeze, all my co-workers are saying “God bless you!” to me whenever I explain an issue to them and they all laugh, smile. What is it that I am ...
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How can i communicate more clearly and confidently at work? [closed]

I work in a large team. I usually have to give status of my tasks done to my superior everyday. then. Many times my superior has told me that i dont work with confidence and am always confused. I feel ...
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As an trainee, how can I convince the administrators in another country to give me more privileges to do my job [closed]

I have worked as an apprentice for four months at a company that has centers all around the world. I'm in the IT department and was recruited as a software developer. I'm actually the only developper ...
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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? [duplicate]

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? [closed]

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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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? [closed]

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 ...