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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I am 6 months into the junior software position but still can't code well ,should I quit?

I am a fersh graduate from a degree which is kind of a combined degree in business management plus programming(so 50-50).To be honest, our programming curriculum was a complete disaster.And I didn't ...
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Perception problems with regard to work contribution and my ensuing resentment

I am a software engineer with about 3.5 years experience. I was hired 9 months ago with the understanding that I would do fullstack work. However, for the entirety of this time I was stuck working on ...
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How can I pass an unfinished project to another organization without feeling guilty?

First time posting here, so please bear with me. My team had a project from one of our OEM customers which aged for a few years. Nothing special so far, project kept growing and more and more tasks ...
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What are common practices for syncing Engineering with Design?

At my last job, I led a team that was building an iOS app from scratch. We (the engineers) worked closely with a Design team. The two teams struggled to sync their work. Design would produce UI mocks ...
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How to properly express my preference for other openings, besides the one I'm currently considered for?

I recently submitted an application to a company for a particular opening (software developer). I was promptly contacted by a recruiter at that company who is overseeing several openings. He set me ...
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Interview costs reimbursement not being paid

I planned on travelling to a city by plane, and stay in a hotel there, for a job interview twice in December 2021. The company asked me to book tickets and stay, and they would reimburse me afterward. ...
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I applied to a job at a tech retail store and how should I ask someone working there out for a coffee so I can learn how the job is like?

I freshly moved to a new city in Eastern Turkey with my family after living my life in the İzmir and passed my CV to a tech retail store which I end up passing by everyday since it's opposite to the ...
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Trouble collaborating on code with a project leader

heh this is too long. tl;dr my project leader takes over my projects, changes my code without discussing it, and is non-communitive. WWYD? I work for a small consulting company with about 15-20 ...
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Manager trying too hard to persuade me to stay on team

Due to some recent changes in my life, I decided I need to start working remotely. When I discussed the topic with manager, he was sympathetic but explained that the work-in-office policy came from ...
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Is it advised to tell my colleagues about my upcoming booster shot?

Soon, my COVID booster shot is due to be taken. Last time I got it, I experienced some reactions, so I worry this could happen again this time. Under that light, if I get a reaction or my arm is sore, ...
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What should I do with a highly valuable unique ability that is consistently unused? [closed]

Many people have unique valuable abilities that they do not know what to do with. This question is not about my specific situation. I am asking a general question and providing my situation as an ...
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How to assess my current team given that my boss will be reading it

I have a career discussion with my bosses soon (a cycle of people senior to me including my direct boss). The reason is that I requested a transfer to another team. It's a big company with a huge IT ...
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How can I get more feedback to improve my written comms?

In my newish job, it is clear to me and others that I am struggling with written communications (emails, instant messages, issue tracking tickets etc.). Issues include: excessive length and detail, ...
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How to answer short employment stay on CV

My CV has been filled with short employments lately, I have to confess my shortcoming that I don't know what to look for in the company when researching the role/company and how to judge if it is good ...
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Team members used to report to somebody else

I'm a project manager on a complex project. Some time ago the project was to grow in scope significantly and it was decided that the new features were to be worked on by a "team in the team" ...
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Why do some people insist on creating a meeting, then send a URL — rather than simply clicking on the "Call" button?

My corporation uses Microsoft Teams. If someone wants to schmooze with me — especially if it is 1 on 1 — I ask them to click the "Call" button at the agreed time and date. See screenshot ...
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I feel inexperienced in this new job, I have poor training and I want to leave

I started a new job as an accounting trainee. It's a YDP (young development program) in Sudan. It targets new graduates to give them insight about work life. I have a supervisor but she is so ...
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What do “like”, “heart”, etc. mean? [closed]

I’ve been given Microsoft Teams to communicate with colleagues in a business environment. The text chat includes a reaction feature. The six icons are: A hand with thumb up, labeled “like”; A red ...
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Boss's criticism for things out of my scope

I'm frustrated with my work in the last months and not sure if it's time to start searching for a new job or at least try to transfer to another team or not. Are there other options? My boss blames me ...
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Is the extreme don't-ask-us-just-google-it mentality safe? [closed]

I'm still a student, but I've been working in a hospital as an "IT developer" for almost two years now (one day a week, since covid homeoffice). I totally understand that they don't have ...
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Is is possible to nip a new micromanager in the bud?

My team just changed managers last week. He's started out being very micromanagey - he'll constantly call us to see what we did with the previous 15 minutes and then say that we need to change tasks ...
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How to answer "Why do you want to change your job?"? [duplicate]

In a recent interview I was asked "Why do you want to switch/change your job, when you haven't even completed 2 years?". Current role is Consultant at a fintech firm and role applied for is ...
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Colleague going behind back to ask questions and give answers from manager

I have been in my current job for almost 2 months, where I have started with 5 other new starters. We have been doing an example project in order to get to grips with the technology and work that is ...
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Colleague's delayed work is preventing me from completing my own tasks

One of my colleagues and I are doing a project together and I depend on his results, but his deadline has been extended several times. I asked him why he delayed his work. He answered that he was ...
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How to deal with being interrupted constantly?

I'm on a project. One of the senior managers that are working on it is constantly interrupting me. It doesn't matter if we are talking 1:1 or in a group of people, she's constantly doing that. She ...
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How can I politely ask my PM to stop calling me unexpectedly?

I am a software engineer. Sometimes, the project manager in my team will randomly call me out of nowhere on our communication software, without asking first if it's ok to interrupt me. They usually ...
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How can I ask an executive for an old position back?

I work at a rather large company. In April, a C-level executive announced he was looking for someone. He's very notorious for giving everyone his private email but seldom responding to any non-...
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Have I messed up by saying "thank you, see you on the 25th" in response to an email giving me a Zoom link for an interview?

I’m panicking slightly. I have an interview coming up and it will be on Zoom. The employer sent me a link and said here’s the Zoom link, see you soon. I replied “thank you, see you on the 25th” My ...
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How can I be sure and confident before sending an email my tone is assertive and professional?

I worked at a highly segregated academic environment based on hierarchy. As a nonnative English speaker, how can I be more sure and confident about my tone is assertive and professional before sending ...
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Is my boss insecure?

I'm struggling with my boss --- not for the first time. I'm the kind of person that likes knowing what is expected of me, learning how to do it, and then working hard to excel at it. What I am ...
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Interviewer picking specific interview date. Is it a bad idea to ask to reschedule?

I've been offered a job interview which I'm really keen for, but they've set it to a specific time and date in 2 weeks time without any option to change it (at least none that they've mentioned anyway)...
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Introducing a vacancy in terms of unneeded skills [closed]

Is introducing a vacancy to a potential candidate in terms of what they do not need to fulfill for the vacancy ethical? For example: "Dear potential candidate, There's a vacancy available at 'nnn'...
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How to tell when it's good to involve management vs making decision for yourself?

I have trouble deciding when to ask management what to do when something does not go according to plan vs. making my own decision. On one side if it's something small I do not want to bother ...
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How to communicate effectively with an impatient person

We have a pretty small HR department and on several occasions, I have had experiences that are either not productive or unpleasant. I would call into the HR line and sometimes I would get Kay (...
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Prospect of pursuing online degree in my off-shift hours with new job which has flexible work hours, how to approach to discuss this with management?

I am trying to pursue an online degree which may help me plan future prospects of my career but I have to do a tech job alongside to afford the course. The problem is the company work hours are ...
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How to help a team member voice out their struggle?

The team I am in is made of a 10+ member. In the last semester, in two different anonymous surveys on the engagement/satisfaction, 1 team member has expressed that they are not happy with the team, ...
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How to Handle Bigotry in Annual Report to Shareholders?

I recently discovered a series of bigoted jokes while browsing previous years' annual reports to shareholders. A report from several years ago contained multiple paragraphs making fun of Muslims and ...
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How to politely insist on being called Mr [Lastname] in a professional setting? [closed]

It is very important to me that I am addressed by my family name in a professional setting, e.g. Mr Doe. Often, new employees will default to a casual tone and automatically call me by my first name, ...
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Is there a polite way to cut off someone who is long winded and rambles?

I just had a phone call with a company that I'm considering work for. They said it would be 5-10 minutes and it was 30 minutes. He called me back right after and I didn't bother answering. I spoke ...
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How to deal with condescending coworkers when I am overqualified for the job?

Here is just an intro to provide context. I am a senior software developer working for a big company. Working remotely. Over a year ago I have been moved to another position at my current job and I am ...
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Inadvertantly made coworker look bad

I was in a email chain with boss and a coworker and basically I said that there was some issues with a project that said coworker worked on and was asking him to fix it. The coworker got pretty ...
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How do I tell recruiters I don't want to go forward until they answer my question, but without being rude?

I have now gone through this process ~2.5 times: A recruiter from a company contacts me. I ask what projects they have that I could work on, and if those projects use the technology stack I'm ...
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How do I deal with a manager oversimplifying tasks to encourage me to take them?

Our company has a new manager, who is eager to prove himself. During our regular meetings everyone is encouraged to take on more tasks and to grow. That's not unusual in any way but I don't have any ...
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How to communicate without seeming like a person who's pretending to be smarter than the others?

I am working as a software engineer. I have colleagues that believe in a set of things: SOLID, TDD etc. These are a set of practices that are very commonly known as "best practices". I don't ...
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How to handle unreceptive medical personnel?

I work with many fields of study at my organization establishing manning and balancing processes. My methodologies are very sound and proven mathematical approaches: queueing theory, line balancing, ...
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How to preemptively tell employer what you expect to get paid when there's potential for confusion/miscalculations

I recently started working for a new employer. I get paid by the hour and the work hours are not always consistent. A job lasted a lot longer than expected and in fact needed to be finished on a day ...
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Can't understand boss's accent

I've reported to my boss for about 6 months. She is a good boss in that she really sticks up for the team and is very serious about trying to get us to grow as individuals. The one problem I have is ...
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I have passed a certification that I have been told I will do, should I tell my work?

I will be starting a new job in October. During one of the interviews I had, I asked: What sort of training will I get? The response was that there would be training on the job, as well as the ...
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best way to decline offer? [duplicate]

What is the best way to decline an offer, when you promised the hiring manager that you will join a certain date? He said "I just want to make sure that you won't bail out along the way, and we'...
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Accept job offer/opportunity meeting knowing not to accept it for now?

I was contacted by the academic director of the most prestigious institute at our university (with strong contacts to world-leading corporations) and was asked for a meeting. The director wanted to ...

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