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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Extend current tool stack of data science team

I recently started to lead a data science focused company with two departments that has uses SPSS Modeler extensively. To be honest nobody there has close to the skills of a data scientist. My ...
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New employer not giving me onboarding information

I am supposed to start working in a trustworthy company in a company next Monday. The company has two offices I have to work in. I signed the contract three months ago. I heard from the boss via email ...
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What to do if you got interviewed for the wrong position?

Today I had a job interview for a company that I really really want to work for. However, the interview was about a different position than the one I applied for and so it didn't go as well (not ...
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How do I communicate to my boss about unfair competition in my workplace?

I've worked in this small company for 3 years. My company has no Human Resource Department. My boss handle almost everything except finance and sales. He rarely come to the workplace Recently, my ...
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company policies hinder work efficency

Recently I started a contract and after joining I was told that we have to work using remote desktop, so I use my pc to login to another pc in the city they are which has made development slow as hell....
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Is a public “shoutouts” channel a good or bad idea?

I work at a small, but rapidly growing company (~40 people now, 100+ people in sight). We use Slack as our primary communication tool, and recently, a new channel has been created that is dedicated to ...
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Proper strategy when dealing with a superstitious business owner

I was asked to be part of an online-service start-up by an acquaintance who owns other family businesses. They are heavily superstitious folks and base many (if not all) decisions on advice by ...
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Good way to follow up/keep in touch with employers

This happened with several companies: I had applied for a position interviews went well Feedback was positive Didn't get job After reaching out once to the manager for feedback, he asked me to keep ...
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Would moving in with an indirectly lower ranked coworker be conflict of interest? [closed]

I work in the office for a college department which handles both counseling (the psychiatric kind) and disability services. Technically, they should be two seperate departments and in the past were, ...
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How can I repair the working relationship?

I have worked as a web applications developer for a small software company (10 full time employees plus two semi-retired directors) for two years. Going back, I worked in support and databases, but ...
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How to submit initial reply without seeing website

This week I joined a new contract. There had been issues relating to making the developer environment ready but I been told to assess the website code and report/advise. But since I am a front-end ...
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How to approach the request to provide an unstructured 360-degree evaluation for a team leader colleague?

I have recently received a request from my manager to provide 360 degrees feedback for one of my colleagues (sort of team leader). The request was sent by e-mail and it sounded like this: Hey, please ...
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My boss wants me to reply an acknowledgement for every mail I get from a coworker, is this fair?

My boss wants me to reply “got it” 300 times a day every time someone sends me something to confirm I received and read the email and archived it. This has become a robotic job where I have a lot of ...
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Leaving the company; how can I get my personal items back?

My goal is to hear people’s advice of what I should do instead and if there are special cases to consider. So to reiterate the question and provide more details: I work for company A that serves as a ...
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Headset during a video interview?

I have a video interview in a few days. I know that my headset provides great audio to me and the mic quality is decent, but I'm not sure if wearing the headset would look professional during the ...
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How to deal with a coworker who keeps turning up the heat over things beyond my control?

I'm the most senior of two software developers at my (small) company and we have a desktop support guy as well. Sometimes the desktop support guy will defer issues to me that he thinks aren't computer ...
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Previous employer is asking to be paid to write a reference?

I have asked a previous employer to write a reference for me. They have come back to me asking that they be paid for it, stating that it is: work I find this highly unusual and completely ...
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Need help with Business Communication

I am a mid-level manager, English has been my second language. I find it unnerving to create formal communication for employee evaluations, interviews summaries, white papers etc. I end up dreading ...
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How to politely decline invitation to a work party?

My parent is very sick with covid and I have a virtual leaving drinks planned that I'd rather not attend, is there a way I can politely decline the invite? I'm in an emotional state as it is and do ...
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Administrative Work- Ask for work, or remain working on another task?

Good Afternoon, I work as an administrative assistant recently I was tasked to do a project which I finished in a timely manner. When I finished I asked the Executive Director if she had anything else ...
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Should I apologize for using the wrong pronoun?

There is a person A, with whom I have to exchange an email or two each month. Today, because of the time constraints, I had to phone them and I realized the person on the phone was female. Up until ...
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How much should I be doing as the Junior Developer?

Background: Junior Software Developer working for 3 months at a new company, been paired up with a Senior Developer (4+ years) on an on going User Story for about 2 months now Issue: Contrary to ...
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How do I deal with being ignored in conversations?

I'd like to preface this by saying that I am a woman in software engineering. I don't want to claim sexism here, but maybe a tiny bit it is. I've been at my current company for >5 years. Until now ...
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What is a polite way to ask coworkers not to use instant messaging like a face to face conversation? [duplicate]

I have quite a few co-workers who when they send a message, will send a greeting and literally will not say anything else until you greet them back. Some even repeat their greeting multiple times, and ...
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How can I ask my team lead not to assign me large amounts of work that falls outside my job description?

I'm a software developer on a team of five people. This team has a lead, a web developer, a back-end developer, and two mobile developers. This team structure is relatively new, and we are currently ...
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When it is a good time for asking a raise after acquisition?

I used to work for a small software consulting company (less than 5 people) as a software developer. Recently we were informed we're being sold to a larger consulting company (almost 80 people) and ...
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Applying for student internship, company replying way too slowly

I'm a student looking for a software developer internship at a company. A company that I like, which I think I would fit decently in position has been in contact with me, and they've shown interest. ...
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How to request help on a project without throwing my co-worker “under the bus”

I have a project that needs to be completed by the end of the year and I've been working on it for a little under a month. Another more senior co-worker is working on another project, but has given me ...
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How do I improve in my role as liaison between engineering and customer support/sales?

Some context: I started working at a startup with 8 employees as a mid level developer about 3 months ago. One of the responsibilities I was tasked with is facilitating communication with our product ...
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Should I follow up with things that aren't my fault, or forget them? Example: was told I was late for shift I didn't know about

In general I sometimes find it hard to decide to point out someone else's mistake, or forget about it. Here is a specific example. My manager called and asked why I was not at work. I told him I was ...
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Accepted offer letter, no communication from their side; what steps can I take?

I accepted offer letter from a investment banking company and the joining date is next week. I completed my background verification and they have sent a RSA token to start work from home. This was 2 ...
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Accepted job offer but now no contact in a week

I received an email offering me an internship with a software company. I accepted the offer and they followed up the email asking for my address so they can draft a contract and I gave them my address....
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Is memorizing common interview questions a good tactic in preparing for interviews?

When preparing for a job interview is it a good idea to memorize an answer for all the common interview questions? E.g. what's your biggest weakness, etc. I don't want to come off as robotic in my ...
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How to say 'we will work in future' with a positive attitiude

I work in an IT company, I was working on a project, let say A and later I was moved to another project, let say B. Now the architect with whom I was working on project A wants me back to work on the ...
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Realistically, how do I recover from a zoom screen share mishap?

I haven't seen any other questions to this effect. With COVID and the normalisation of working from home, there would increase of Zoom/conference call mishaps, such as Jeffrey Toobin exposing himself ...
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Should I offer to or Supply an Award Nomination Form to the Nominee?

So make this short: a teammate on the ~30 person team I currently lead won a national award, and I would like to brag on them a bit. I am the one who submitted the nomination, which includes some ...
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How can I pay respect for a recently deceased team member without seeming intrusive?

I manage a close-knit team at work where I am currently the team lead. The company is big, but the culture is relatively relaxed. Building relationships with team members is encouraged. Unfortunately, ...
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At new job manager told me he got feedback that I question people when they tell me to do something

About 3 months ago I started a new job. Today the main manager asked to speak with me in private. He said he had been getting the feedback that I've been questioning people when I'm told to do ...
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How can I discuss with my manager that I want to explore a 50/50 arrangement?

Context I work at a large Dutch, not-for-profit, partially government backed organization for 2+ years and have (in my eyes) favorable working conditions like a permanent contract, a pension, holiday ...
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Would it be reasonable for my manager to state “I ignore emails” as a negative in a performance review? [closed]

Background This morning, an email was sent to one of my folders at 9:32a.m. I didn't get around to checking it until our team standup at around 9:45 which I volunteered to lead the day before. As I ...
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How can I meet the expectations of my manager?

I can’t seem to be doing my work right because of miscommunication. I’ve been employed at a well-established company for over 3 years. We started as a small IT department and it was up to me to both ...
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How can I understand unwritten rules in office? [closed]

When you join a new company or team or group of people then there are unwritten office rules which everyone knows. But since you are new, it takes you some time to understand those.
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How to handle getting a memo for “not communicating enough / proactively”?

I was recently pulled into a meeting with the HR and my engineering manager where I was told that I am not communicating well enough with him. I even received a memo for the same. To give some context,...
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Is my boss allowed to tell my coworkers that I've resigned before I could?

I have resigned, but I didn't have a chance to take a breathe before my boss told everyone that I'm leaving. My boss did not ask for my permission to do so. I just wish I could've had the option to ...
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Difficulty assuming ownership of a project from a colleague

I am a frontend developer and I have been asked from my boss to assume ownersip the project of a colleague, but it is not really official. This colleague is a backend developer with hardly any true ...
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How can I focus on a task when my job keeps bringing multiple small sub-tasks?

I'm leading a small team of developers. I'm also the technical head of a product that is used internally and externally by several clients. I have a bunch of tasks in pipeline which need focus and ...
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How to deal with arrogant people pretending to want “discussions”?

I'm working as a software development consultant (contractor) for a small/ish enterprise. We have this software engineer I'll call John. The team consists of me, the CTO and John. John is a Senior ...
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Can't get a word in with my team

I'm an introvert who recently joined a team of extroverts. Our meetings usually are non-stop talking with no pauses and I find it very difficult to say anything. Sometimes one person will ask if there'...
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How to deal with an arrogant superior?

I'm currently working in a software company as a junior developer. Due to having been able to demonstrate a good understanding of the technology we use, I have been assigned some rather abstract/...
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How to deal with a younger coworker who is too reliant on online sources

I'm from the age of typewriters telex machines, menu driven programs, and disk-loaded operating systems. Back then, computers were unreliable, and your chief source of information was still books. ...

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