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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How can I tell my boss that my productivity is low due to a conflict with a coworker, without blaming the coworker?

Four months ago, I started a new job and joined a project with a co-worker who has been employed here for many years. We were both brought on as experts, but he has subdomain expertise that I do not ...
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When leaving a fully remote job, do I communicate my departure with people beyond my manager?

I've only ever left jobs while working in office. In those cases it's usually sufficient to talk to my manager and news spread pretty organically amongst the people present in the office. Now I work ...
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My contract is about to expire so I'm leaving work chats. Can I leave a message when leaving, hinting I'm available for another work?

My freelance contract is about to end. There are work chats to collaborate with other companies(API providers) which participated tests several times with me. Is it fine to leave a message similar to &...
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How to organize online connectivity for software developer who occasionally interacts with customers?

I am software developer, but from time to time I interact with closed set of end-users and customers. Sometimes we discuss requirements, sometimes I need to show some things on their desktop, ...
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Is it a good idea to message interviewers after drawn out recruitment process?

Basically I interviewed and was offered a position at a company a few weeks ago. After some back and forth negotiations I have finally accepted the offer and received my contract. I was thinking to ...
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Is it appropriate to speak up for a team member who can't drink due to addiction recovery when a company event is being planned?

I am the team lead of a team of ten. One of my team members in the past has undergone counseling due to alcohol abuse / excessive drinking. He has since recovered, but no longer drinks. Senior ...
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Classic/Textbook approach feedback delivery rejected

When doing conversations about critical feedback to others the approach that I know is optimal and most books recommend is using a tentative language, state the point in a factual and non justmental ...
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Turning down meeting in the office

I'm completely burned-out and applying for other jobs. Mentally I've already quit although I perform all my obligations of course. What makes it a bit easier is that I do home office 100% of my ...
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Should I let my coworkers know I can understand their language and risk further alienating them?

I recently joined a company where the majority of my coworkers are from a neighboring country in a full remote position. I learned their language a long time ago just by watching TV, since in my ...
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Manager is trying to force me to communicate

I am an apprentice at a company that shares office space with a totally different company (same CEO for both though). I am only one of the two people (me and my manager) of my company working there, ...
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Should I be honest about a counteroffer to my prospective new employer?

I interviewed for a more senior position than one I am in now. They seemed to really like me and gave me ‘an offer I can’t refuse’ basically. The pay/perks are more than I asked for. My current ...
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My boss says he's jealous when I tell him about a work achievement

On several occasions, where I've made a breakthrough in my (highly intellectual, but non-academic) work, I feel accomplished and very proud of my achievement. But, when I go and tell my boss about ...
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Excessive use of @Channel and @here annotations in Slack channels

We have Slack in our company with dozens of different channels, many of them with hundreds of people. People often send annoying @Channel and @here messages that are really not relevant to that large ...
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As a manager, what options do I have when somebody is totally stuck?

I'm managing a software development team, and I'm somewhat new in managing technical teams. I know some of the technologies we are working with very well, some quite a bit. The team is currently ...
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Politely saying no to other departments despite historic expectations?

My highly technical department has historically had a problem of catering to every whim of everyone else in the company. If someone comes to my department and asks for a technical solution, they have ...
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How to ask my former employer whether he finished my reference letter or not?

I was once an intern at a company, and had good relationship with my supervisor. I recently asked him for a reference letter and he said he would write one for me, with no hesitation. However, ten ...
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How to deal with manager's poor communication skills?

I currently work as a Software Engineer in a relatively small subdivision of a team of ~35 people, all of which report to the same manager (and all of which are Software Engineers of some sort). This ...
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How to announce a superior's decision I don't necessarily agree to? [duplicate]

Sometimes I disagree with a boss's decision. That's ok, I can disagree and commit, no problems at all. What really bothers me is passing my boss's decision to other stakeholders outside the team. I ...
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What to say during a group evolution meeting

My startup company is trying something new. They are planning their first 'group evolution meeting'. We would have to answer two questions for each member of the DevOps team. What is he or she very ...
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How to deal with a good new employee with poor verbal communication?

We onboarded a new senior guy recently for a project manager type of role. Based on his past experience and profile/portfolio of work, he is very good. He has handled complex jobs at large orgs in the ...
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How do you deal with disrespectful/angry coworker?

I wanted to get your opinion on something that happened today at work. I'm a manager in a tech company. Since friday, we have this "defcon 3" situation at work, meaning that we have some ...
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Should you refuse to participate in weekly meetings, because of a toxic member?

Should you refuse to participate in weekly meetings, because of a toxic member? I have a person who keep harassing me and insulting me. The individual has been warned multiple times for his disruptive ...
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Struggling at job. Frustrated, tired and feeling unproductive. How do I discuss this or approach a new job hunt?

Background: I began working at a well established company 9 months ago. I was invited to interview by a colleague from a previous company. I was told of some tough points such as potentially longer ...
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How to interpret a "Thank you for all your hard work" statement before actual completion of work?

When your supervisor or team lead says, thank you for all your hard work towards the end of the project , but the project has not concluded and some work still pending, are they being sarcastic or ...
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Colleague just won't let things go. It wastes time and affects my morale

My colleague and I work together on a project. We generally get along well on a personal level, and he makes good contributions to the team. His opinions are often valuable and highlight things we ...
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Working without contract in unusual situation

I work in a company that employs people all around the world (remotely). Since it does not have bases in particular countries, their employees are essentially contractors that renegotiate the ...
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How can I change my attitude towards my colleagues and my carreer? [closed]

I just read this question and it hit hard. I'm in a small team of developers (mostly RPA, general AI, and scripting in VBScript, Python, PowerShell and so forth and so on), some of them don't ...
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How to offer code-reviews to a junior colleague who has been in the office longer than I am?

I am a senior software engineer, on an algorithm development team, with the algorithm engineer title (I wanted to stop being a software engineer by title, and move to algorithm development, which I ...
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Responding to a colleague who is blunt

I work in development and I shared my code for help in internal messaging channel with 100 developers and one of my colleagues said he is "worried about my way of working/code". He has made ...
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Should I report it to my manager that the client's security didn't help (eg show me around) like my instructions said they would?

I have a side job where the office I report to is in another city. I used to work for them close to full time, but now I have a different job. Since it was such a great company to work with I still do ...
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Can tutoring be counted as `Experience dealing with the general public, one-on-one`?

I'm applying for a job in a English-speaking country. In the section Customer service and communication skills of the questionnaire, I am asked to state my Experience dealing with the general public, ...
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How to politely reject weekend work from manager?

Background: For the past 2 weekends, including the week, i have been working on and off a customer production issue. I don't belong to infrastructure team, which is solely responsible for uptime of ...
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Coworker refused to help me unless I switch my software to dark mode

This was my second week at a new job (I'm a remote developer). I asked one of my new coworkers a question and shared my screen with him. He said "well, first you need to switch to dark mode"....
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How should I push back against people arguing that they don't need to help me? [closed]

I work in an office. I'm in a new hire set of 4 cubicles that they put near the kitchen. The other 3 cubes are empty, no one sits near me. The IT setup is that we use a desktop computer with a ...
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How should I handle a follow up interview request that has not been scheduled yet

I had an interview for a graphic designer position that went very well. Three business days later, I received an email from the president of the company. They requested a follow up interview and ...
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How to deal with communication problem in team? Especially when nobody trusts your professionlism?

So we had a change in client's request, and we need to make userflow changes as well as UI changes. I'm in charge of the UX stuff in the team, including userflow, structure, and design system ...
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What's wrong with this e-mail?

I'm going to send an e-mail similar to this to a stranger and am trying to increase the probability that the person on the other side will reply positively (or, ideally, send the floor plan ...
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I think a new hire is on drugs. (how) Do I confront the situation?

I recently hired a new designer. In the initial few conversations they were very articulate and communicative. The last call I had, they seemed to speak in broken incoherent sentences with 2-3 second ...
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How to convery 2 years of no work has slowed my output

I had been jobless during a pandemic and now that I got a job I have learned I have slowed 60%. Although the job was based on a tech test which I passed and then Behaviour Question etc. I have seen ...
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Productivity of group meetings with people with different personality types

I recently was running a small group meeting with 4-5 different people - developers, product, business, etc. The point of the meeting was broad open ended discussion about a new product. The product ...
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Should I talk to my manager about a snarky/rude task lead?

Currently, I am working on a new technology (for me) which my manager is aware of and thus assigned said task lead to help and guide me through what I need to do as things/issues come up. However, ...
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Internship starts before school ends

I have an offer for an internship a while ago but I haven't accept it yet. My internship starts on June 6 but my school's quarter ends on June 10 and I also have final exams on June 10 also. What do I ...
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How to find peace with new boss' "cultural overhaul"

My new boss started barely a month ago, and it was clear the moment they walked in that they had no interest in learning the business. They immediately jumped to proposing changes and solutions to how ...
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Responsibility conflict in team

I'm on a project and have a defined role. A colleague who has been with the company for 15+ years (I've been there for around 6 months) has been regularly doing what I'm assigned to do: communicating ...
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Coworker giving advice in front of others; how to handle this?

Today one of my coworkers told me that another coworker said that I seem unfriendly and hard to approach and that I should face the person when I talk to said coworker. He went on to say that I ...
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How to handle the expectation of logging 7 hours a day when I am unable to work the full 7 hours due to medical condition and workplace closing early?

Recently I joined a new workplace and being the type of business they are, every hour should be logged. I am new to the process of logging time. I have come under the spotlight for not making 7 hours ...
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Boss confirms my responsibility to me but not to those affected

I'm on a project where my role includes managing a cooperation with another company. I'm the sole person responsible for that. Now something strange happened. The company "decided", without ...
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Not sure how to respond to a colleague at work

I joined a new work place and there had been an event where all people in other departments too got together. After the lunch two girls from my department were at the place where they were ...
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Manager is directing me to behave in a way I believe is unprofessional

My manager asks for updates on what I'm working on several times throughout the day. Lately when he finds out I'm working with someone else on something, he wants to know who's holding up the project. ...
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Using admin@domain.example for professional communication

What image/impression does it convey if I use the admin email alias on my own domain? It is not a personal website but a product site and I run the server but I am also the founder of the company so I ...
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