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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If I'm at a “stepping stone” job, should I lie if asked whether I like the job? [on hold]

I'm working at a "stepping stone" job, a job that I don't love, but is good experience, a mark on my resume, needed to land that job that I want. Sometimes you have to do the things you don't like to ...
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Disengaging from non-constructive conversations

Lots of people in my office seem to like giving me advice but sometimes not on productive matters. For example, someone spent 30 minutes telling me about why I need to be more general when it comes to ...
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Working as a temp. What factors should be considered when applying for multiple jobs at this same organization at different times?

Sorry if the title is unclear; I wasn't sure how to explain this situation at tweet length! I will elaborate. I am currently working as a temp for a medium-sized higher education institution (I am ...
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Suggesting things to superiors that contains some hard blows on managerial skills

I'm working on a medium-scale software firm and my current project is on a government agency. This agency's scope is nationwide and we are creating automated system for them. Because of the ...
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Intimidated by co worker [duplicate]

I have been at a new full time job as a Software Developer now for just over 3 months. I got this job right out of college (literally 2 weeks after I graduated). I love working here and I love my co ...
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communicating with coworkers in close but different fields [on hold]

I'm writing a program for a place that deals heavily with GIS. I have no prior GIS experience. It seems like GIS is just similar enough to computer science/software dev to make it confusing. ...
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Manager sounds upset every time I inform him of a (minor) obstacle

My manager seems irritated when he asks for an update and I inform him of a barrier I’m working on. For example I was working on implementing a subprocess call, and when tried it on the program to be ...
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I'm doing an apprenticeship but I feel as if I'm being used as cheap labour

I'm working as an apprentice programmer for a very small company, as I am under 18 and in the UK, I am getting the minimum wage for an apprentice. The apprenticeship is full-time for 15 months. My ...
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How to improve communication and cooperation around technology choice

I've been a team lead at my current workplace (an IT department) for a number of years. There is a recurring problem here: Team A decides to start using technology X (e.g. ASP.NET), usually based ...
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What to do if i stumbled across [what might be] a colleague in a pornographic video online which seems to have been uploaded without her knowing? [closed]

I was browsing through some porn sites at home last night and came across a videoclip. It was around 2 minutes long and uploaded one day ago. From what i could see, it looks very much like her. I've ...
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Report Generation Dislaimer [closed]

I generate a large volume of statistical and performance reports for products. Many of these reports are, or will be generated automatically. I would like to have a stock/canned disclaimer for this ...
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Reapplying to a job that I was given an offer for but turned down at the time

Let's say I interviewed for a job and it worked out well. At the time I was given the offer, there were too many things going on in my life and thinking about relocating and such made it impossible to ...
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Recruiter did not show at set appointment

I received an invitation from a recruiter for an informal lunch meeting based on my LinkedIn profile to meet and discuss potential job opportunities. The recruiter did not show at the set meeting. I ...
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2answers
828 views

The problem is not the problem, the problem is people talking about the problem

I've been dealing with a strange company culture issue. Very often we will see a problem coming weeks or months in advance. We usually try to prevent the problem from occurring by bringing the issue ...
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6answers
1k views

Keeping non-technical manager informed and how to reply to “what’s the obstacle?”

I'm doing a technical job for a non-technical manager. He likes to be updated every few hours but I find it can be an issue as he doesn't really know my job. I'm a software developer and my boss only ...
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How to handle a scrum member speaking for too long?

I have read this question, but my issue is a little bit more specific: how do I get one person to not talk for as long in a scrum? I'm the scrum master. Its more than, "get to the point". Its how to ...
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2answers
270 views

How do I propose new projects as a summer intern?

I wanted to ask how a summer intern would go about proposing new projects towards a company. As I am wrapping up the final weeks of my summer internship developing additional functions to the ...
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9answers
647 views

How to change CC everyone team email policy?

About a month ago, my boss instituted an awful policy of CCing the whole group (about 20 people) for any email correspondence as opposed to only people that the sender deems affected by its content. ...
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My ex-employer is sending emails to customers in my name

I recently resigned and have discovered that my employer has continued to send emails to my clients under my account pretending to be me. I understand it is their company email account, however, it ...
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1answer
362 views

How to politely ask someone to hurry up because of lack of time?

There is a professor who is willing to allot an open position in the lab but he's just delaying about it. He just won't tell me what project is he going to assign to me. He told me he wants to talk to ...
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2answers
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Identifying cultural barriers to communication

What is the best way to determine if cultural barriers are preventing communication? In my specific case, I rarely, if ever, get a response to a question I ask of international (from India) ...
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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 [closed]

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 a 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 2: As expected, after approximately a month he did not grant it to me -saying he'd fear others doing the same. In my opinion that hints at a whole lot of other problems, but oh well. UPDATE 1: ...
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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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525 views

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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4answers
577 views

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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364 views

The work I am doing at my new job is not what I signed up for [closed]

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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587 views

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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338 views

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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405 views

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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501 views

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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438 views

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 ...