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Questions tagged [communication]

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 do I approach a previous employer about a job opening?

I worked for a construction company on a Federal project as the office admin working at the construction site. Upon completion of the project my employment was terminated as there were no other ...
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How to ask for meetings at evening instead of early morning?

We have to collaborate with someone based in India. As a project deadline is closing in, we started to have daily 8 am meetings. I'm a night owl. I usually wake up around 10:30, and leave work at ...
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When do I let an employee know they are being let go?

I have been "considering my options" concerning one person in my auto repair business. While he is a valuable team member in some respects he also has some interpersonal issues that I don't feel are ...
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How to ask for help/new work?

I started an internship on my last year of university. The goal of my internship was to implement a production planning system. I collected and organized data and implemented some minor management ...
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How to handle myself with a coworker who keeps requesting too frequent status updates, repeating my tasks completely and in full every day?

There is an employee I work with who is effectively my customer, where the work I do is for the benefit of his department, and he represents his department when communicating to me. He keeps checking ...
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Appraisal process disguised as “Dialogue” with my direct manager

The company I work for initiated (without consulting its employees, just after a few two info meetings) a so-called "Dialogue" process. The process consists of 1on1 sessions with direct managers, ...
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Emailing HR after sending in an application?

Yesterday I applied to an IT position that I am very interested in. In the online questionnaire, there were 2 questions that I could not answer yes to, they asked if I had a specific certification and ...
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I canceled my internship last-minute. Can I expect bridges to be burnt?

I had been talking to company A about doing an internship there. I had several concerns regarding the assignment but I needed it fast, so I applied anyway and got accepted. I agreed to start the ...
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How to deal with inter-team work in a toxic team?

I work for a company where the manager always justifies the shortcomings as "we are a company that happens to develop software, we're not a software development company". There is the development ...
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How to tell my freelance designer to deliver on time

I have a really talented designer working for me remotely. No complains with his work but he always delivers them late. I couldn't handle it anymore so I stopped sending him work. Just a while ago I ...
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How can I ask my manager more development tasks rather than maintenance and bug fixing?

Background I'm currently at a cross section in my career in a corporate. I'm almost a year working as a software engineer; in that period of time I've passed a team straining about the team's back-...
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Reaching out to an employer regarding an offer letter

Last week Monday, I was verbally told that I was chosen for a role within a moderately sized company (7000 employees). The HR employee told me on the same phone call that I would receive an offer ...
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Remote manager keeps taking it out on the same colleague

I am a young software developer working in a big french tech company. There is this toxic relationship between one of my colleague and our manager that I am really concerned about. There has been many ...
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How can I convince my teamleader that another data structure would be better? [on hold]

I am a new hire and my current task is to implement an editor for some data. My teamleader had already made a proof-of-concept of this editor and laid out the data structure for it. Currently the ...
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How to get more concrete, specific, tangible feedback?

I am receiving training for an in person sales position. The trainers feedback was that I appeared stiff. I asked him what I could do differently to appear less stiff and he just said "It looks like ...
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Would it be okay to put “Freelancer / Self-Employed” to cover up 2 years of unemployment gap after graduating college?

I was wondering if I should include any text on my resume and LinkedIn for reasons to why I was not working 2 years after graduating college. And if I should, how should I phrase it other than "being ...
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How to determine when a company will be done with “head counts”

I have been in contact with a company I want to apply to since about September. For reference it is a Biotech company in NY. The two people I am in contact with are from recruiting / on-boarding / ...
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How should I interpret a comment made by a member of management at my new job?

I am almost a month into a job and the CTO says, "It's important to realize that we don't expect you to know everything perfectly. Based on our levels of conversation with you throughout the ...
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How to ask your boss politely if he has some free time

I want to ask my boss if he has some free time. That I want to discus some work. How can I ask it more politely?
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How to politely ask for sources files instead of redoing finished work

I had this problem in past, and this time I want to address it. I am front end developer. I mainly convert design (photoshop, illustrations) files to working web-standard code and make them ...
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Put on embedded project without the necessary skills or knowledge

About a year ago I started working for a small company (10 employees). The position was as a python software developer for a cloud platform. My contract says I'm to work as a "python developer" ...
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Co-worker becoming rude - how to work with him?

I work in an IT department with two others. My other colleague is a very confident type but not very knowledgable. He sometimes messes things up for others and people don't like him very much. ...
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Did I overstep my boundaries by sharing my phone number and including my firm's name in e-mail signatures?

Today, out of the blue my supervisor came to me and asked me to talk in private. I noticed he had a sticky note on his hand, it was my new phone number I had written down and had pasted to the board ...
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Peer co-worker “out-performing” me due to access rights left over from previous role

My co-worker 'Jan' and I have both worked for the company for a couple of years in our respective roles, but in totally separate teams/functions until now. We have now (a few months ago) been brought ...
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How to deal with end of project fears that creep up on me?

Every time I finish a project in each job I start getting fears of getting laid off, my work is such that maintenance is low and it could be handed off to another developer easily. I had a bad ...
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Could “Please do it by EOD” considered offensive in the emails?

Without asking for the estimates from the developer, I have assigned some task to a developer and written "Please do it by EOD". The developer felt offended. However, I think it's okay as I am doing ...
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Is it prudent to create multiple online identities for work and personal? [closed]

Would it be considered overkill if you discovered someone had multiple online identities, one which they were using exclusively for work, and the other which was for their personal life?
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Getting a loosely rejected request reviewed again [closed]

I want to propose an idea to someone pretty high up on the ladder of a company as a third party developer. I don't work for the company but this stackexchange sub seems to be the most appropriate. I ...
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Unassigned at work for weeks because of poor management

I work in a software startup where one of the co-founders, who works remotely, is my boss. Usually he is the one who assigns tasks to all the developers, and we contact him when we finish our assigned ...
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How to express that I'm not qualified for a task?

There is a task to be done, and there is a dispute over whether Bob or I should do it. Bob doesn't want to do it because it's a pain in the rear. But he has the knowledge, skills, and abilities to ...
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Coworkers can't tell me apart from the only other Asian guy

I work in a big company where I'm one of two Asian guys in my department, and most of my coworkers can't tell us apart. Almost every day someone will email one of us intending to talk to the other one....
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Sent reproachful mail?

My institute was looking forward to use a tool provided by an external institute, but unfortunately their license terms are very strict. After talking to my advisor we decided to look for an ...
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Communicate to boss that the task I was assigned feels way to big/complicated

Like about a week ago my boss assigned me to a task, which to me feels way to big/complicated for me considering my minimal skills and lack of experience so far (I just graduated my bachelors degree ...
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How do I proceed when one leader shoots down the tasks assigned by another leader?

So I am less than a month into a great new job. The CTO assigned me some tasks and then handed me over to the Sen Dev who shot down those tasks as not being that important, which leaves me with not ...
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Receiving conflicting messages from people in leadership roles

So I am less than a month in to a wonderful new job and I will get right to the point. From day one the CTO has told me to please poke holes and look for inconsistencies and what needs improvement. ...
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Asking boss and co-workers to involve me more often

First, the context: I work in a small company (~12 people) where almost everyone works together for more than 10 years (some for more almost 20 years) and I'm by far the youngest person. I work there ...
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How to deal with people who will not read?

I work in a field where you can get sudden requirements to communicate a lot of highly technical stuff from time to time. Sometimes this stuff is really involved. Like, you can chat with people about ...
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Politely calling attention to unflattering sight

I work in a small software company of around 10 people. We are all very "informal" with each other and there is no dress code or anything. It's a very laid back company at the moment and I'm fine with ...
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How to present a report which criticizes the vendor's work to that vendor?

I've done a report analyzing how a vendor had done a piss-poor job in our project. The report is basically an explanation why the vendor's technical choices are terrible, and supported by various ...
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Convincing my boss to respect meeting times

Backstory: I just moved from a very large MNC to a small company for primarily personal reasons. This is my 3rd job since graduating 5 years ago. I started at a small (~30 person) company a little ...
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managing through a coworker

Background This is my first serious job and I know too little of the language in this country. I have spent about 6 months with this company, weirdly enough I communicate with most people using a ...
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How can team relations be maintained along with maintaining personal and professional boundaries?

There are many situations in which the management, esp of the small medium business domain, organize events such as sports matches and frequent outings in the name of team bonding. Instead of bonding, ...
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Coworker keeps asking questions while I am busy; how can I handle this?

I work with another individual in an office (we work in a large office everyone has a roommate (s) ) She has been in her job for 15 years. I have been in my position for 5, in the past I was a ...
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How to communicate that I don't think I'm the right person for a task?

I'm in Week 2 of a new job at a new company, and my boss is asking that I (and another team member who's been with the company for a year) assemble documentation outlining the company's many disparate ...
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How to communicate effectively with a CTO (Lead Engineer) who is often absent?

Situation I'm a PM (Product Manager) currently working in a small startup (15 people) where we have about three developers, one of whom is the CTO (call him Bob). Bob drives the technical aspect of ...
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How do I deal with my insecurity about hiring an employee that outputs work faster than me? [closed]

I work in the Programming industry. I hired a guy to work with me. He was older although had a great resume and I couldn't understand why he was unemployed for so long. He explained later that he ...
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Soliciting donation/pledges from coworkers using work email?

I'm participating in a "Polar Bear Plunge", which is a yearly fundraiser for the Cancer Society where teams and individuals raise money in order to jump into a frozen body of water. I have been ...
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How to combat appeals to authority that have no facts

I have an issue where my project leader is making ipse dixit statements (meaning [it's true because] he said it himself). It takes time to verify whether his statements are true or not (usually untrue)...
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How do I point out, in a professional manner, that someone in an email chain asking for response from the wrong party?

R&D sent MIS an email, MIS sent a followup email to HR asking for a response. HR responded and asked finance for a response. Everyone is added into the email thread cumulatively. R&D ...
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How to ask colleagues to stop using excessive formatting in emails?

I work as a contractor for a few different agencies and as such receive lots of instructions by email. Some emails are extremely stylized and formatted, containing things like red text, bold and ...