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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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Handling no response from team members

I work in a chemical company in R&D department and participate in a project developing a new application for us as a subject matter expert, the project is led by IT. There will be a face to face ...
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Using third-party recruiter as middle man for communications?

I'm scheduled to go in for an interview at Company X (a software development startup). I found out about the position through a third-party recruiting agency, specifically from a recruiter who I'll ...
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Product Manager Doesn’t Care About Cybersecurity

Recently it was discovered that one of the open source packages we were using in our software was deemed vulnerable many years ago. It is no longer maintained. It is also too costly to remove and ...
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Festive Email To Close Colleagues

First off, I've had a good year at work. I've learnt a lot and progressed in my profession which I attribute to the help of certain people I work with. I'm your standard introvert type so my idea was ...
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How to ask co-worker to let me work?

As most people, I am not productive 100% of the time I spend at the office, but I try to keep my procrastination time to the minimum (preparing tea, going to the bathroom, answering my messages) and ...
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I unintentionally hurt a co-worker's feelings. I said I was sorry but she won't discuss it [closed]

Someone who I consider a friend at work, who I've known for 4 years, sent a text to my work phone saying she needed a friend to talk to. She went into some detail, I got the feeling it was regarding ...
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Switching teams because current manager doesn't care about my work?

Context: Until a few years ago, I worked for A. A worked and still works for B. I was then moved directly under B for some technical reason (product ownership), but that reason has gone long since. I ...
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Schedule Change

I interviewed with a company under the premise that my schedule would be Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. However, they sent out official schedules yesterday and my schedule was set as Tuesday-Saturday 2pm-11pm ...
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I recently handed my notice in and they are not paying expenses

I handed my notice in on Monday effective immediately at my current employer as the job was not as described at interview stage. Rightly or wrongly I have withheld on handed my phone and laptop back ...
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How to avoid being labelled as paranoid when sharing concerns?

There are times when it's clear that a situation is going in the wrong direction: a manager trying to undermine another an employee being indirectly demoted budgets being cut for profitable projects ...
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How can I tactfully express that a co-worker is very wordy?

I'm writing a review for a co-worker. This co-worker's weakness is they tend to over-explain problems and use a lot of words when few are required. Although they want to provide full context and lots ...
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How common is it for recruiters to ghost candidates after verbal offer? [duplicate]

I received an email saying that the company in question wanted to make me an offer. I replied back in positive terms and said that I would need to look at the contract. Almost a month has passed and ...
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Coworker making annoying and teasing comments. How to resolve it informally?

I am a developer and I have a coworker X who is not, but belongs to the same department and is part of my SCRUM team. Coworker X's desk happens to be right by the front door. The way his cube is ...
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How to deal with indirect comments?

I work on a team of 23 people, and am still considered a junior in my field. I have been employed with my company for going on two years and over the last couple months have noticed that most ...
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Ways to respond when HR says your market salary range research isn't correct?

I'm negotiating a raise at my job (entry-level job; I've been at the company for 1+ years). For a lot of reasons (primarily my skill set, accomplishments, & performance), I believe that I'm ...
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Must report to work [closed]

My family and I are still displaced by Harvey. Our home is still just a shell. I received a message from my wife at work that they were going to cut our electricity off in the house we are renting if ...
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How to ask HR for overdue reimbursement?

A company representative explicitly said I would be receiving my traveling reimbursement by 30 Nov, but I have not yet received it. In addition to this, they sent me an offer via email, I said I ...
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My boss is trying to be my friend. How should I handle this?

I started a new job as a software developer at a small (~50 people) company in October, and my new project manager (boss) started a month after I did. He's the outgoing, touchy-feely type; I can't ...
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Telling manager I can't work shifts I never said I was available for

I recently* got on the roster for a large staffing agency. The manager has sent out mass emails with the new schedule. He has put me in at times that I may not available, as I'm working another on ...
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How to deal with a Co-worker with performance issues

I've been managing a small electronics store for a few years. I have two co-workers: the boss, and the technician. I have a problem with the technician: he's very nice, skilled, and actually the one ...
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Senior employee of my team understood my email as an order and didn't like it

I'm leading the Agile team with a flat structure and we recently got a new team member. He is 10 years older than me and more experienced in some things (emotional intelligence) and he is local in a ...
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How to tell a colleague that I want to stop sharing the ride?

A few months ago, we hired a new temporary worker, Joe. Joe does not have a car so I offered to share the ride with him 4 times per day, which is about 45 km daily. I asked for 4€/day. Joe's salary ...
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Resigning employee won't turn over completely / properly

What can I do if the employee I'm replacing refuses (in a discreet way) to turn over knowledge and instead gives it to my would be subordinate? I have been recently promoted earlier this year to ...
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Initial job offer (probation) changed and is different in the contract? I have declined other job offers. Now they have changed my starting date too

Here's my situation: I have had several successful interviews and gotten 3 offers from different companies, and decided to accept an offer from one of them. The thing is this, they had initially ...
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My Coworker gave me one of her responsibilities but is continuing to do the work, and not giving me the information I need to take over

My coworker told me that a bi-annual event this year would be "my baby" - her words. She specifically said that nothing would need to be done until now (November), and would help me through the ...
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What to do when a Senior Employee is adding to the task each week and not letting me complete the ticket?

In my company there is an employee who is senior to me, he has assigned me a task which I am performing currently. This task was assigned to me more than 3 weeks ago, but I am unable to complete it ...
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How to react professionally when a colleague comes to work with a black eye?

A colleague came to work with a black eye. His bruises have nothing to do with work and don't impair him. We are on the same hierarchical level, but work in different teams and on different projects. ...
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Questioning the usefulness of a one-day business trip

Previously this week I've been sent on a one-day business trip along with a 4y senior colleague, Bob. We work at a consultancy firm in IT and the aim of the trip was fixing some issues at our client's ...
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HR ghosted after sending verbal offer [duplicate]

I received an offer through email, detailing my start-date, salary etc. I replied back positively saying I was flattered to have received the offer, and I followed up with a question about relocation ...
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Am I coming across as rude in my written (email) communication?

I'm currently searching for a new job. Over the past two weeks, I've had three seperate companies make first contact with me via email, asking me to have an initial talk/interview, and to let them ...
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Have I blown my internship offer?

I received a congratulatory email (not a contract) for an internship, specifying the date, salary, etc, and asked if they want me to "get the paperwork raised". I sent back saying, "sounds great!", ...
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How should I ask for an increment in my salary, when the owner of the company is my friend?

I have been working in a Software House of my friend for the past 3 years and still working there. Everything is fine and job is also amazing but there is one problem, I have worked there for 3 years ...
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How to stall an internship offer?

So I've been applying for internships and I've received an offer from company_x. They've basically said, "if you're happy with it, let me know and I’ll get the paperwork raised". Thing is, I have a ...
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Internship: Should I Ask For Relocation Compensation

I've carefully worded my request as such: "As you know, I'm based in X and moving to Y for 3 months would entail non-trivial relocations costs. I was just wondering if I could have some information ...
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How to get people to use proper grammar when writing tasks

I'm a software developer at a large company with thousands of employees across the globe. Lately, I've run into an issue where a lot of Defects and User Stories are written with extremely poor grammar ...
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Should I Inform or ask for Approval when coming office one hour late? [closed]

Do you usually ask for approval or just inform manager if you are going to be late on a certain day to office? I joined new company and sent email to my manager that I will be one hour late as I ...
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I submitted a good feedback about a co-worker, should I tell them or not?

I am guessing the answer here would be both cultural and professional approach. But here is the issue: I am in USA with a big company (~400 employees). Annually, we get performance reviews from the ...
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How to make agreements on code base with co-worker when having different opinions

I am working as a frontend developer and had a new colleague joining my team. He is more experienced than me but I have more knowledge about the application we are working on. So we are doing the ...
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Not hearing from employer about a project, which should start today

I said yes to a small project a few weeks back, as a contractor. This was a verbal agreement as the contract would be signed today. I have email communication confirming my rates. I 've done many ...
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Email sent to 3 colleagues addressing office gossip and was cc to HR and another senior official [closed]

I received an email regarding office gossip which was cc to the head of the department. When I emailed my boss for clarification she did not respond. After some research and in person conversation ...
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Dealing with non-existent telephone policy

I'm in a new job at an university. I sit with three other colleagues in a room. The office location is new as well as the team composition. We recently got phones. The other three team members have ...
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Resigning from job [duplicate]

Hi there just need advice. I'm just wondering do I have to tell my boss that I'm leaving before I hand in my resignation?. Or can I just give my resignation with 3weeks notice?.
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How to talk to boss about salary and bonus? [duplicate]

My sister has been working for this pharmaceutical company in India for over a year. While she joined last year, they promised her a raise at the six months mark but they didn't keep the promise. She ...
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How can I ask my current employer to keep me on part time?

How can I ask my current employer to keep me as a part time employee? I really like the job and it's an incredible learning experience. I'm 25 years old and have been employed their for about 8 months....
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Contacting a sick employee to ask for confirmation on an event

I am interested in whether (and if yes, how?) you would go about contacting an employee on sick leave in this very specific situation: There are three people involved: CEO Carl, Manager Mike and ...
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How can I approach my company after being made redundant, when contract mentions that they will do their best to find a new employer?

My contract mentions that my employer will do their best to find a 'new employer' (in particular their partner companies) if I were to be made redundant. I have found out today that I have been made ...
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How to indirectly call out the sales team for not following leads as was agreed upon?

I'm a system engineer but went to an exhibition abroad with the CEO and COO as I'm the only one speaking fluent English. After returning we had a meeting together with the sales team (2 people ...
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“Past Employer” Wants Source Code

I recently resigned from a software developer "position". The biggest reason I left is it seems we both don't have a leg stand on. There was never anything signed by me or the employer showing that I ...
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How do I tell my manager that I'm not the right person to finish this project?

I have been working on a project for several months. For the last several weeks, I have constantly been feeling as if I were about one bug away from having it finished. Each fix reveals one new issue ...
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Should I go to my boss about a disrespectful coworker? [closed]

I’m looking for advice on what to do about a coworker who has been treating me unprofessionally and is not responding to feedback that the way he communicates is not workplace-appropriate. This is ...