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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strategies to explain what my dept does / company-internal advertising

Our company has some 1200 employees in 12 locations on 3 continents. The departments that provide services (finance, procurement, IT, HR and ERP) for all locations are centralized. I work in the ERP ...
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Untrained intern; how do I get him to do problem solving on his own?

For a while now, I've been having a bit of a problem with a fairly untrained intern, who does not have a huge amount of experience in programming. Early on, I told him he could ask for help, knowing I ...
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How do I informatively share business contracts across an organization?

I am in the early stages of starting a small business with a partner, who is probably more technically skilled than I but less skilled business-wise. I wanted to implement some system whereby I would ...
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What is the professional way to deal with coworker who keeps trying to help but is unable to?

How would you professionally and effectively approach, without offending, a coworker (from another department - IT) who is supposed to help you, but is clearly unable to? To name a use case, I am ...
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Should I Confront my Co-worker?

So I work at a help desk where I'm the only employee around and there is no supervisor for the majority of my shifts. My supervisor recently informed me that my co-worker (whose shift is directly ...
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My boss reprimanded me for taking our scheduled call from the car. [on hold]

I had a 1-on-1 call (monthly, but my boss tends to slips dates and constantly shift them around). The call was scheduled between 17:00 and 17:30; I left the office 10 minutes before 17, called in ...
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Discussing transitioning to a full time position with manager from a contract position

Currently, I am working as a third party contractor to a client in the financial services industry. In approximately 2 months, my contract ends. I enjoy my responsibilities, my coworkers and have a ...
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How do I inquire about a missing email just after I got the job?

So a company made me an offer a couple of days ago! They asked me to sign and return a PIIA, the offer letter, and a background check release. The hiring manager at the company said that after he ...
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How to deal with a customer who “incorrects” my English?

As a professional service provider, our company provides a customized IT enterprise solution to a customer. One of our deliverables is a design document, which describes the components at a high ...
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556 views

How to respond when boss says sorry?

My boss is very nice to me. Often he will apologize when he is unable to make time for me because he is too busy with other work. Additionally he will usually apologize the next time he communications ...
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What do I tell my new manager about my old manager?

Recently there was a restructuring at work and everyone who works in my building - including my old manager - now works in a different division, except me. I now have a temporary manager, awaiting a ...
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I emailed my customer asking multiple questions. Their reply addressed only one. What is the polite way to point this out?

I asked the customer three questions, and they only answered one, as if the others didn't exist. I need answers to all those questions. Frankly, I find it a little rude that they didn't read my email ...
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Best way to address an executive who interrupts a conversation with a colleague

The situation was as follows: I was at a company event carrying a casual conversation with a colleague when I was interrupted mid-conversation by an executive. To my recollection, the executive was ...
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Personal problems between employees

We are a technology startup, the problem i am facing is that my colleague(same designation as mine) Manager A and a member of his team (Coder A) have become incompatible.. it started out with ...
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How can I avoid the risk of mistakenly deleting data from a production environment with no backups? [closed]

I am a junior developer who is still not confident in my role. I am dealing with very sensitive, unrecoverable data in our production environment. A lot of my workload involves different tasks in our ...
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No responce for applied vacation [closed]

I sent a vacation request a week a ago, and reconfirmed again via email on the 6th day by thanking the manager for the given vacation day, assuming they will be a response to my email either day is ...
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Dealing with a bossy venue keeper

I've recently started working in an non profit organization. We're working on different fields, one of them is work in a neighborhood where a lot of underprivileged people live. There we do most of ...
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How to deal with an overly helpful coworker

I have a coworker in another department, and she and I work closely on many projects. She is very knowledgeable in her field, and I am in mine, and I really like her. The only problem is that when I ...
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How to respond to the offer of working extra hours to compensate for a trip, instead of getting originally-requested time off?

Vacation Need/Want I usually have just enough vacation days to keep me happy, but the problem is a 6-work-day trip I am taking with my University, which seriously cuts into my PTO package. I have 10 ...
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Potential employer is uncontactable [duplicate]

I have recently applied to position X at a company. However they saw that I was more interested in field Y as listed on my CV so also put me forward to position Y which I previously did not see on ...
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Too much verbosity in text messages [closed]

I'm working with another student as part of an organization at my university, and we've been texting each other lately. Through these conversations, I've realized that she is very verbose in her ...
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3answers
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How to properly ask for a reporting server? [closed]

I took a new job to help with work place productivity. I am finding it very difficult to ask for more efficient methods to be enacted. The major issue is creating dashboards. Hours and hours are spent ...
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How to handle the aftermath of a huge mistake

So I accidentally left a line of code in our application that caused a major accounting display error on the application and slowed down our clients' workflow for the entire day, forcing us to ...
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how do I tell my boss I'd like to work from home on a regular basis? [duplicate]

I am unsure how to ask that because I am the most junior employee, and as far as I know no one else in the company works from home. If they accepted I would feel like I am getting special treatment, ...
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How to equalize the opportunity to speak during meetings

I am a board member for a local non-profit where all board members are considered equal. During meetings, when two people begin speaking at the same time, one member consistently dominates. That ...
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How to deal with a bossy, micro-managing co-worker [duplicate]

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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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 ...