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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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Interviewee strategy: show problem solving, or be communicative?

I've been a full time programmer for some five years now. I've never had a programming test in an interview, and I've worked for three small mobile game dev companies. I've always felt competent at my ...
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How to write a daily status report mail to manager

I am a software engineer of 7+ years of experience and working in a application in which only 2 resources. My reporting manager is busy with other work and on daily basis we have very little ...
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How to avoid being branded negative for bringing up risks and problems

I work in a unit where communication between different people and teams isn't functioning well. That is a problem in itself. But since, after trying for months, I came to the conclusion I can't change ...
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I'm bored at my new work but don't want to bother my lead every hour, what to do? [duplicate]

I am a software developer, my skillset, experience and my previous employer's trust and so on would qualify me as mid to senior-level. At the previous company I was kinda "head of" backend department ...
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Job Application education question [on hold]

I have 108 GPS credits invested into a MSW degree, and am currently not attending so that I cannot truly state that the degree is in progress. What can I say if I do intend to complete but do not have ...
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How to ask for reference from a manager I went extra mile for

I work for several staffing/marketing agencies where I go to different retail stores to promote different products. One agency I have worked with for a while and have good report with them. A few ...
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Is it professional to close with “Your Humble/Obedient Servant” in the UK? [closed]

I'm not asking about this closing's origins that I understand. Rather, is doing this nowadays sane? One of my customers, who's not in the British royal family, always closes her letters with "Your ...
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How do I deal with a superior who seems more interested in respect than the issues? [closed]

I'm the technical lead on a software development project. We are wrapping up what should be the last release for this project. When I joined the team 14 months ago the project was already 14 months ...
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How can I tell an interviewer that I have a great track record without sounding arrogant?

I'm in my final year of university (for engineering) and I am in the process of looking for full-time employment. My university has a co-op program and so I have 6 internships under my belt. For each ...
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How to ask my manager if I am about to be fired?

I have a feeling management is working to fire me. My manager says I've been "doing fine" but I don't believe him. How should I ask my manager if they are truly working to fire me? Let me explain ...
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To ask or not to ask a leading question?

I do not like to ask leading questions. As an example, we were going through a slide deck and there was some statement about P&L in it. I asked: What does P&L stand for? and someone ...
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Semi-technical supervisor excessively micromanaging

I am a software engineer. My boss, let's call him "Bob", was a DBA prior to his promotion into management. Because Bob has some prior programming experience, he has taken it upon himself to be ...
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Intern I am working in pair with is slacking and disrupts our work

I am two months into my last internship as a Software Engineer, and the workplace is fine, except for one other intern, who I happen to work in pair with. We work on our own project in the company, ...
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How do I politely ask a superior not to make my PII public?

A superior of mine has sent out a spreadsheet with everyone's personal contact information. I did not approve this and I do not think it is okay to have everyone personal identifying information ...
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Should I ask for a new package or package revision

I was recently hired on a 3 months contract (sort of a probation period, I successfully passed through), which is now going to be a permanent position with a new contract for me to sign. There was ...
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Proper arguments for negotiating a new contract

I am junior Java developer with few experience (6 months). I am pretty sure that my current company (about 200k employees) is still interested in employing me. My actual contract is ending, and I ...
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Dealing with an employee's constant bad mood and lack of motivation

Company Background: We are a small logistics provider in Europe. A few months ago there's been a change in management and now I'm in charge. I've been with the company for over 5 years and quite ...
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Convince co-workers to not use real-time communication for non-urgent issues

Wherever I have worked, I've been fighting a lost battle to keep people from using instant messages for non-urgent issues. Example: my co-working place has a Whatsapp group with 117 participants (...
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Should I keep in contact with a recruiter?

I've recently gotten a job with what I think is a good recruiter. The recruiter works with an independent company than my employer, but she was nice, knew my needs, and knew what kind of position ...
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How can I not take bugs found in software I work on personally? [closed]

For a while, I'm being reported of strange bugs that are related to my code but once I investigate, I find those could not be eventually bugs. Example: some data is NULL in the database, but the ...
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Should I ask for my job back after being terminated? [closed]

I have a job as a front end web developer and I really love it because I have a passion for web development. But the problem is, I am always late and have problems regarding tardiness. My employer ...
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How to tell boss about romantic relationship with coworker

I recently started a romantic relationship with one of my coworkers. How do I best inform my boss about the situation? Background: Our relationship has been growing for ~2 months now, we're both ...
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How to gently enforce “nohello” to a coworker?

I am a huge proponent of nohello in the workplace - I get way too many Slack messages and other interrupts to waste time on pleasantries. I keep my Slack status set to "nohello.com" as a way to remind ...
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How to apologise for how i said things but not the content?

A colleague of mine has gets on my nerves, half because of the way she does things, half because of the way I'm wired. Recently she brought up an issue which I think was just a waste of time and an ...
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How to seek knowledge sharing from professional network without appearing self - serving or intrusive?

I am currently the team lead of the IT audit and risk team at my company. Recently business processes in IT are being re-engineered and management has approached us about assisting them to improve ...
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Is it harassment to ask a person why they did what they did and whether they got paid for it? [closed]

I get a lot of useless emails in my work mailbox, so, a couple of days ago I received this email, talking about some bank's deposit interest rates. The email came from a person who works at the same ...
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Manager sending emails as go-between… is this standard practice?

I am working in my first full-time position as an engineer at small tech firm. we have only a small amount of people in the office, including several engineers and an office manager with a background ...
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Asked to give a technical presentation about an instrument

I have been interviewing for technical trainer position in a medical company.In my last interview I was given an assignment to do a presentation on a specific medical device.I have been given a 255 ...
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Colleague appears insensitive to the fact I wear glasses now

I recently went to the eye doctor, and got myself some nice glasses. They are great, and I paid for all the goodies. Non glare, etc. I have a coworker whose desk is over my left shoulder directly ...
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My friend, together with his bosses, is inviting me over for dinner. Accept or reject invitation?

I have a colleague-turned-friend who's inviting me for dinner together with his bosses. He said they want to have a chat with me. I have a hunch it's about my plans regarding my career progression. I ...
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How do I politely refuse scheduling phone calls and redirect to email instead?

At my job I regularly receive calls and emails from people who want to make certain kinds of offers to sell my team some services, which don't interest me 95% of the time, although they could be ...
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Being indecisive to report the immediate manager to HR manager before leaving the company

I have been working for a company in South East Asia for the last 8 months. The company is large with poor sense of organization (it's very chaotic, but I like it as I get to work with some ...
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How do I ask my manager about switching out of my current team?

My team is not a good fit for me due to no communication among other issues. I've clicked really well with another team and am interested in their work. What's the best way to be professional about ...
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How to address a coworker about their emotional behavior at work?

I have a coworker who produces good work, but is difficult to work with. When confronted with a problem, he can easily get frustrated and will frequently derail meetings and hinder progress once he ...
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Manager who won't put information in writing: does this happen outside academia? [closed]

For the last 23 years I've been working at a community college in California, and several times I've encountered a certain situation with managers. I'm curious whether this dynamic is one that plays ...
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Talking to colleague I am close to regarding their performance issues

I have recently become my colleague's Team Lead. Within a week of being in the post, I have been asked to address some issues (performance) that were found with her work. The colleague and I are ...
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Responding to trivial and constant affirmation in a telephonic conference

My team and I (supervisor) have to attend a telephonic conference once in a week with another team located in a different country. The agenda is usually sharing updates of each other's work and trying ...
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Is this inappropriate to say to a boss?

I am a site engineer. Once, my project manager called me and yelled at me because I was not around when a delivery arrived. I told my manager I was in the toilet at the time, which is a true. ...
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Feeling I'm being held back - have been unproductive for weeks [closed]

To begin with, here's a bit of background. I work at a small company of about... I think I would be exaggerating if I said 25 people. I'm one of the regular software engineers in the company, based ...
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How to handle my boss withholding information from me?

TL;DR: Boss is a great guy but doesn't know what he's talking about when it comes to tech. Asks me to implement stuff, micromanages me, and keeps me out of the loop about the advances in the company ...
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My boss wants me to be available during my vacation abroad

Several months ago I put in my vacation for a week and a half. I'll be traveling to another country and will have almost no access to phone data. This is due to several reasons but the main ones are I ...
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Should I ask for commission after saving the company a lot of money?

I recently found a replacement part for our product that is cheaper and better. I've negotiated a good deal to get this price from the distributor and I've also received a formal quote. It will save ...
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Pros and Cons of Engaging Manager More

My manager has an open door policy. This is pretty awesome. I frequently see other co-workers utilizing this. I also do, but probably once every month or so where others are in there once a week or ...
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If and how should I raise a warning flag as a non-management employee?

TL;DR As an employee, should I report to my boss' boss (the CTO) that we are far from our objectives, and if yes, how? I work in the software industry. Recently our company decided that our API was ...
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Employer has postponed my start date with very short notice, without pay. What action should I take? [closed]

I got an offer to work as a contractor (W2) at a major social network company in the SF Bay Area. The person from the 3rd party agency (the one I will be officially getting my paychecks from) has been ...
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Need to settle an issue with my manager. How would you approach a discussion?

I had a chat recently with my manager and he clearly has some pain-points, i.e. he is frustrated with something about me. During the recent meeting, he told me that I delayed one of the NN mio. ...
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How should I deal with my team member who shows extreme jealousy?

How to deal with my colleague who is very good, polite and respectful with me personally but when we are together in a group or with whole team, he is the first one to criticize or embarrass me. We ...
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How do I show concern to my manager, who is coming back from an emergency leave? Want to ask him if everything was good back at home

Last week my manager suddenly departed for his home country due to a family emergency. Tomorrow he is supposed to resume work and our first interaction is a regular scrum call with everyone in the ...
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How do I complain about having sub-standard laptop compared to more junior employees?

United States, ~1000+ employees. I've been at my company for 5 years now. About 4 years ago we were given laptops but they were really low-end refurbished models. They're not much good except for VPN'...
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What is the right verbiage for quitting?

In two weeks, I will be leaving my employment, in what I hope to be good terms with management and coworkers. I have given appropriate notice and am trying to ease the transition for everyone ...