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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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Dealing with a co-worker in development undermining teamwork

My issue is on how to deal with obnoxious, conniving co-workers. I have never had an issue with the older team of developers back in the day; we then hired a phd graduate who worked in academics for a ...
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How can I get a problem employee to do work assigned to him when I'm a supervisor with no real power?

In one day I went from being the junior member of a three person team to the senior member of a three person team. It's my first supervisory role. Unfortunately one of the new members of the team is ...
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How to like somebody who you dont like at work? [on hold]

I guess its the most natural of all feelings, some people we like, others we dont. But at work, wanting to be professional and to the advantage of the business, I believe collaboration is best when ...
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Should I send a “thank you” message to someone who forwarded it to a colleague?

I would need some advice about the customs of answering with a "thank you" message to someone who forwarded my mail to a colleague. To give you more context, I was contacting this person for the ...
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Lack of scope for growth, what should I say if I'm to resign after one month of joining?

I work as Software Project Manager, I was working in Big company (let's call it X) managing projects with around 10-15 SW developers working on them. I got contacted by a Head Hunter from another ...
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Should I justify my “bad” GPA in my application?

I'm in the last year of my bachelor studies and I'm looking into writing my bachelor thesis at a company (hopefully abroad). Preparing my applications is do struggle a bit about my resume: My ...
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Do I have the right to request more information about a scheduled interview? [duplicate]

I'm going to have an interview a few days from now (phone-based), but I have not given the information about the interview structure which I was supposed to receive via email. I called back the number ...
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Social Media : Dealing with connections who post irrelevant content [closed]

A while ago I ran a small music blog, and used it initially for keeping up with bands, events, festivals and other accounts who were relevant to the sort of things I wanted to write about. Problem ...
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How do I tell my supervisor that he is choosing poor replacements for me while I am on maternity leave?

About at month after telling my supervisor that I was pregnant, I presented him with a list of recommendations for people in my office whom I thought could cover my various roles while I am on ...
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Can my manager threaten me with firing over not collecting enough email addresses?

I work in sales. Every time customer makes a purchase I have to ask if the customer would like an electronic receipt. Most customers do not want it, and as a result I have only taken 10% of email ...
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Dealing with a collegue with habit of spitting [closed]

I am a junior android developer. I work in a startup. I have one colleague in android department . He has a habit of spitting. If he does not like somebody's opinion. He spit on on the floor in ...
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Dealing with a colleague with strong opinions [on hold]

The development department I belong to works closely with a certain expert from the testing department. This particular colleague possesses a unique set of skills for our company (but not in general), ...
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Company threw a surprise party for the CEO, 3 weeks later management says we have to pay for it, do I have to? [closed]

Title says it all. We were not informed beforehand, not even about the party itself and now, 3 weeks later our manager says we have to pitch in with a little more than 5$. I am not upset because it's ...
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How to phrase negative feedback to senior coworker about unwise jokes?

My company has a tool that they use for requesting & providing feedback from others in a respectful & productive way (for both positive & negative feedback). It has a list of standard ...
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How to deal with relatively technically incompetent coworker?

I'm a software engineer. I work in a mid-sized startup that is growing very, very fast. Overall, I love my job, my coworkers and the atmosphere. One thing about my company is that most staff have ...
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How do I gracefully opt out of my workplace hackathon?

I'm a new developer at a tech startup (I've been there a few months) and the time has come for the regular internal company hackathon. This is a 48hr window where developers work to build ostensibly "...
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How to introduce other interests when networking?

I am attending a "business" event. There will be vendors, different business associates at all levels, as well as contractors at this event. My title is Sr. MySQL DBA. However, I do not want to be ...
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How to get project manager to be in charge of communications with the client?

I am developer in a technology consulting company, where each developer is assigned to multiple client projects simultaneously. Each client project has a designated project manager who is responsible ...
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How to avoid accidentally typing password into slack groupchats? [closed]

Twice now (in seven years) I have accidentally had my keyboard focus in the wrong window as I was typing my password, and accidentally entered it into a groupchat with dozens or hundreds of people. I ...
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Cancelling an non scheduled arranged meeting

A couple of days ago, I had this conversation with a client: Client: Did you want to have a call? Me: Yes, I'm available on Monday morning (9-12). Client: Let's do it at 10. Me: Ok. Now, ...
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How to be confident/assertive? [closed]

How to be assertive? Yesterday one girl from my office asked me to change with places where we seat (she sits very far away like far behind from team, alone). She did it in front of other people like ...
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What is a polite way to ask for a status update

For years, I have used the following technique to ask for a status update for requests I have made. If I have not received a response after at least 48 hours and normally more, I sent the following ...
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The head of the IT department is unqualified [closed]

I work at a company where the head of the IT department has no background in IT she has been there for years. She knows nothing about APIs coding new software. The executive teams also have no idea ...
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How to induce procedural change when it is your boss who is resistant?

I work in a small software company in a team of 5 people. We currently handle a good number of customers but as we onboard more it's becoming apparent that some of our policies are quite outdated and ...
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What is a better way to answer than simply “I don't know”? [duplicate]

As a software consultant, clients expect me to have answers. But, of course, I don't know everything. Recently a client asked me a complex question and the best I could do was "I don't know" or maybe "...
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How do I tell my manager that his code review comment is wrong?

Recently during code review, my direct supervisor wrote a comment suggesting a change on some code I submitted. Normally, that is not a problem (and I understand that is the very point of code reviews)...
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Why are Software Engineers so touchy about asking questions in the workplace? [closed]

Background For context, I am a junior engineer. These people below have experienced similar issues, or know of similar issues, that are comparable to what I have noticed. A Senior Software Engineer ...
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How to communicate with client manager in an effective way? [closed]

Recently one of my colleagues has joined in my account. The project manager has yet to introduce this colleague to the client, and all communication between my colleague and our client is done through ...
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What is the best way to motivate your peers to “go read up about it” vs. explaining them everything at that instant?

We have many cases where colleagues with different experience levels are in a meeting and discussing potential software design(s). And another set of engineers who don't "get it" and would rather ...
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How do I deal with a coworker that won't assist me when he's supposed to?

I've worked at a company for about a year and most of the stuff I support is custom. At this point in time I'm pretty comfortable supporting most of our software to external customers. However, ...
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How to stop co-workers from teasing me because I know Russian?

I work on a team of 8 people for a U.S financial company, and a few weeks ago, a business meeting with some clients overseas was taking place. My manager asked us in an e-mail if anyone can speak and ...
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Should I add a note for recruiters in my LinkedIn public profile?

I'm a lucky person with skills and experience that are currently in demand in my region (working in IT in France, not in Paris ;-) My LinkedIn resume is up-to-date, and the "Looking for new ...
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How do I deal with a coworker that keeps changing the look of a report I'm building, without documenting the changes in a design template?

Ideally this was to be an easy project. Create a report for a website. Something like this: I am provided a template (drawn up by graphics designer) I implement/update the programming to match (...
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Multiple Social Media Presences For Different Audiences [closed]

I'm not a huge fan of social media, but it's nessessary to use it to communicate with people inside my businesses industry. With that in mind, I opened up a Twitter account which will be run from a ...
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What should I do if HR forgot CTC and wrote greater than discussed in email

I have talked to an HR regarding a job opportunity and we had a discussion about CTC. After that, HR sent me a mail regarding the discussed points. What I noticed is that the HR forgot the discussed ...
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How can I deal with a coworker who only yells?

This isn't a case of workplace aggression, just some guy I work with who only yells to communicate. He's not mad ever, he just only talks in a super loud voice. Everyone tells him to talk quieter and ...
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Is this an unprofessional statement in negotiation?

I have about 4 years experience in the software industry. I recently resigned from current organization. During negotiation I mentioned my salary difference with my colleagues doing similar work. My ...
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How to properly ask a business to take down hiring ads?

Here is a simple scenario that I have seen often, personally, from friends and colleagues. Someone looks around for job openings, takes a quantitative amount of time to alter their resume, cover ...
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How would you suggest I follow up with coworkers about our deadline that's today?

I'm coordinating an application that an organization I work with will be sending in. There are a few applicants. I've been trying to collect materials over the past few days, but have been getting ...
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Not within Jobscope - Aggravated injury [closed]

Bio Working as a data science consultant Sustained a back injury during my military service (with medical documentation) Background I have been asked to work until 1-2am for a week performing ...
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Hostile co worker

My team was approached today by our manager. Background: We have a hostile co worker. He's aggressive, sarcastic, rude to clients and managers. About 4 months ago he out of the blue stopped talking ...
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Manager is not replying about permission to use dummy data

As part of the project that I was doing at a company that I recently joined I need to submit a report to my college. During the start of the project I made it clear that I would need to submit the ...
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Unable to persuade colleagues

An issue I've been running into a lot is that me and colleagues are discussing how to do a certain thing in the field of software development, e.g. security. The team leans towards a certain approach ...
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Is it reasonable to ask my company to reduce my notice period after agreeing to a longer one?

Here is the situation I am in. I have recently handed my notice in and I have a 3 month long notice period to serve (I know, it's an insanely long period). During my exit interview I was asked by HR ...
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How to react to hostile behavior from a senior developer?

I started working at Dec 2018, currently, there is only me and the senior developer and we sit next to each other. He comes to work really early and leaves early. When I started working I noticed ...
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Should I call the interviewer directly, if HR aren't responding? [duplicate]

I had a first round telephonic interview with a company - I thought the interview went very well and I was hoping to hear back from them by now, but I haven't received any call yet. Whenever I call ...
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Can an intern pursue the company he is working at as a business partner for a student association he is also a part of?

Currently, I am writing my Bachelor's thesis by doing an internship at a technical company in the Netherlands. As I am a student, I am also part of a non-profit student association which works with ...
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How to ask a manage to direct all project-related questions to me?

I'm an IT architect on a project with a 10+ agile people in the team and I have a problem that my manager sometimes ask project-related questions random people from the team or discuss them with some ...
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Didn't get enough time to take a coding test - what should I do now?

I got an interview call from a company after a friend referred me for a vacancy in his team. The call was from a team manager and not any HR personnel. One interview for this week, Monday, was ...
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Shall I report my organization's bad social media posts to my organization?

My company often posts really bad social media posts. It is not opinion based, these are objectively bad posts that consistently contain : typos, poorly cropped pictures and overall nonsense. The ...