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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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Ethnic private chat group in a workplace [closed]

I have created an ethnic private chat group on our company's MS Teams platform. I've added coworkers who belong to the same country. We post chat messages about our festivals, politics, major game ...
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Remind or be patient?

So, thanks to the advice of the @keshlam, my plan was accepted (this plan is designed for approximately 3-4 months, as the head asked). He responded like this a couple of days ago: Good afternoon, ...
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Very poor communication by most of my colleagues

I work full time as a senior software engineer as a contractor for a 10 person tech company which is remote-only. All communication is text-only with the exception of twice-a-week audio meetings. Some ...
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Is team retrospective overriding team lead and tech lead

I have the following question. My team consists of tech lead that has been driving also the development process and a newly assigned team lead. The tech lead is reporting not to the team lead but to ...
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The employer gives a job, but asks for a “plan” of work with a horizon until the end of summer

So, this is a continuation of my topics :) This and this. I need some advice. I found a scientific group (part of a large scientific institute). The lab staff includes several dozen people, about half ...
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A colleague is answering question my colleagues are asking me

I am tech lead of a project and I have one senior member, a smart guy. He does not sit immediately next to my desk, but it is an open office, so he is a couple of meters away. I am not very fast in ...
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What do you do when your boss ignores a request

I asked my boss whether I could look at some data that she collects from our registry. She initially asked whether there was a problem, but I replied that I just thought it would be interesting to ...
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How to politely ask your manager if they think you are not good enough?

I have recently (3 months) joined a junior position, and am completely new to the corporate sector, hence, not very savvy in corporate communications. My official manager and work manager are ...
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waiting on another interview before accepting [duplicate]

I recently got a call to accept a verbal offer for a job I was interested in. The hiring manager followed up with an email asking me to reply with my acceptance before they send over a written offer ...
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Continue or “turn the page” and move on?

I'm trying to get into a research team that is focused on the area around which my research interests are currently focused. They have excellent experience and a wonderful facilities. In addition, ...
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How do I handle meetings where someone has a thick accent I cannot understand?

I've recently been assigned to manage a different team at my work space, and have been put in charge of running the update meetings for that team. I haven't yet gotten to know the team members very ...
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How to handle a colleague who spends hours every day chatting about personal/home projects with me and other teammates

A colleague from a different team often spends hours discussing his personal projects with us during work hours. These projects, which are somewhat related to our field, become a frequent topic of ...
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How can I help an employee improve their communication skills?

I'm currently a team lead at an IT company, managing a team of 5 software engineers + a PM. Our main role is to maintain and upgrade a SaaS product used by internal and external employees. We work ...
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How to clear the air with our manager/executive regarding an uncooperative co-worker?

I'm part of a small team (4-6 members) with a flat hierarchy in a niche industry. The "boss" (the executive and also our manager) sits in another room as he's managing other teams as well, ...
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Heavy Workload and Many Hats, but No Communication and No Clear Expectations? [closed]

Like many of you, I am experiencing a heavy workload and shoulder many responsibilities beyond my role, including those of several levels above my normal duties. That is understandable and I believe, ...
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How Can I Futureproof my Vaguely Defined Role for Future Replacements? (Database and Python Developer)

Over the past year or two I've set up a postgres product database for a small-medium sized business that I work for from scratch (and with no previous experience). On top of this, I've streamlined ...
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Coworker repeating what I say but with different words

I am communicating in non-english language, one not native to me. I have this super analytical guy in the team as a coworker and I keep noticing that when I say something, analyze a problem, or ...
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How to make senior manager aware of their own inappropriate behaviour if they have no sense of their external effect?

A senior manager in my company, who I don't report to but occasionally work with, sometimes makes inappropriate comments in small talk without realising it himself. We have an almost buddy-like ...
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How do I repair relationship with Client after we had a misunderstanding over work availability? (Reposted in freelance, can't delete here)

I've reposted this into freelance stack exchange as this is related to a freelance contractor. I'm unable to delete it from here, but I welcome your thoughts and opinions. My client sends me a message ...
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Salary appraisal didn't go as planned, discussion with manager seemed to have backfired. What should I try at this point?

I have been in my current job for past 5 years working under the same line manager in a multinational organization. I was working from offshore office for the past 4 years and my manager was in US. I ...
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Addressing rude tone at work

I work for a large company. I was in a call and a team mate, who's a contractor from a well known consultancy (I am a FTE at the company) spoke to his peer (also from same consultancy) in a very ...
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When working from client's office, how do you politely decline invitations to after-work hangouts? [closed]

The company for which I am a permanent employee of, has a client in the same city, they've outsourced me for that and I work directly from my client's company office. Often times, I run into ...
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Not invited into meeting where the fate of my project will be decided: should I forcibly attend?

I worked on this project for about half a year, but very unfortunately changes that are coming from my work touch parts of code belonging to another developer that is senior to me. While my solution ...
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Am I being unreasonable in not wanting meetings to be recorded?

There are some colleagues of mine who really love the idea of meetings being recorded, especially if they are out on vacation. I, on the other hand, feel incredibly uncomfortable in a recorded meeting;...
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How do I stand up for myself against my manager while still taking accountability for my mistake?

As with a lot of workplaces, the work we do at my company is very much a team effort. I was assigned to semi-lead a cross-team project with one other team. I say semi-lead because while I was the one ...
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Is it worth making amends with a toxic ex-manager?

I had a very toxic and narcissistic "manager" in my past role. He joined as a senior although other people including me had more experience than him; and soon after, due to lack of enough ...
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Employer Requiring Race & Ethnicity of Employees

My employer here in the US told me that I have to provide an answer to my race & ethnicity today 1-15-2024, if I chose to not disclose then my boss has to do a visual and make the decision. How ...
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How do I manage this difficult stakeholder?

I need to send an update every week on a turn-around initiative to senior management and the working group. There's a bully in the working group who waits for me to send an update highlighting that ...
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How to get coworkers to stop giving me ChatGPT-generated suggestions

I work in computer graphics for a small company on our own game engine. We also have an in house team of artists creating content for this engine. I am often tasked with taking suggestions from the ...
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Oftentimes coworkers come up to me and say, "please come with me" with no context

At my job meetings are always impromptu and never scheduled. Frequently coworkers walk up to me and say, "please come with me" with no other context. They do this because they need my help ...
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How to Recommend Radical Product Change to an Organization

Some background: I’m about 8 years into my career with my current company, a large multinational based in the US. I’ve been working with a group of about 150 people for most of my time here. Our scope ...
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How to accomplish sortition with hybrid team?

Occasionally, there arise small unpleasant tasks that anyone on the team could reasonably undertake, but which nobody wants to undertake. One way to accomplish this "fairly" is via sortition....
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Received a job offer, but recruiter is behaving unprofessionally

I had 5 rounds of interviews at a very famous company. I am based in Europe and the company is based in US. It's a fully remote position. My contact point was Recruiter A during the whole process, and ...
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Seeking Guidance on Collaborative Targets with a Colleague Unaccustomed to Teamwork

I'm currently facing a bit of a challenge at work. I've been teamed up with a colleague who usually prefers working on their own projects. It's proving to be a bit tricky as they tend to avoid or ...
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Is there a polite way to say "I am not going to be convinced this is a good idea, but I can also see you won't either. Go ahead without my blessing"?

This is an issue I come into at work sometimes which is awkward. I have a habit of having strong opinions that I feel are from years of expertise in the field or in the product. I also know that I ...
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Is what I said to my boss (director) excessive?

I am a manager in the cybersecurity division of the company I work in. I have been in management for about 5 years and am well respected by my colleagues. This week, one of the cybersecurity engineers ...
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Are words from Sports, War, Hunting and Fighting inappropriate for the workplace

I see words like 'target' routinely used to refer to people, or even just objectives set for them, and wonder how this became so pervasive in public speech in general, but particularly the workplace?
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I told recruiter which days I'm available for interview. They haven't got back to me and I'm having trouble holding the days open

I am looking for a new job and a recruiter contacted me about one. The recruiter works for a well known recruiting agency and was hired by a company trying to fill a position. I find things have been ...
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What to do when my new manager sends me a file with no context, except for "update this"?

What to do when my new manager sends me a file with no context, except for "update this"? The file was put together by my old manager, without my involvement/input whatsoever.
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How can I ask my manager to reduce threats of disciplinary action from our director?

People in this scenario: Me - lowly employee Boss - manager of employees Director - Boss's boss, head of department Recently, I started a new job. Since then, I've noticed that nearly every ...
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Is "barking up the wrong tree" inappropriate in professional communication?

I was talking to a colleague today and I told them they were barking up the wrong tree when they were complaining to me about something that I could not do anything about, meaning to imply they should ...
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How do I tell my employer that I do not want to go on long-distance business trips?

Research My searches here on Workplace didn't answer my question because the focus was, for example, on family reasons or if there was any doubt about the necessity of the business trip. The most ...
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How to handle a coworker who can't take feedback

I am in a senior position at my job. A fresh recruit came from the university and I have been working with him for around 8 months now. We work closely together, and since I am in a senior position I ...
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Giving constructive criticism to my boss' boss

I work at a bank in the United States. Every month we have a two hour department meeting and the head of Loan Operations talks first and gives a run down of the past few weeks activities. What bothers ...
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Shall I consider a text response to an email as official one for leave request?

I sent my boss an email regarding personal issues I was having inside and outside of work, and I stated I wanted to use personal time off I had accumulated. Within the email, I also stated I would ...
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How do I tell my work I don't want to do the project that I've been put on?

I've been a structural engineer for a few years. My tasks are usually design calcs/reports which are office or remote based, i.e. I am NOT a site engineer. I have recently been placed on a project ...
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How can a cybersecurity team mitigate internal customer complaints that real time user training is too intrusive?

I manage a team in the cybersecurity division where I work. My team is responsible for owning several security tools used to protect company digital assets (Data loss protection suite - DLP, advanced ...
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New employee In a small office environment exposed to huge culture issues

I have just finished my first week with what I see as a great company that is poised for tremendous growth. Currently there are only 4 full time employees, including myself, within the office and ...
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How to assist the improvement of company quality by stopping some very low qualities practiced by coworker

This is regarding a problem occured in a work place where a majority of workers are doing gossiping, backbiting and undermining, kind of they have adapted it like a cultural thing. So, for short, they ...
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What strategies can I employ to leverage a co-worker leaving (which increases my value) into a better position/salary for myself?

I'm one of only two people currently in a particular position in my company. We are the only people in the company with the skillset to fill this position. The position is an important one - I won't ...
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