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 do I repair relationship with Client after we had a misunderstanding over work availability? (Reposted in freelance, can't delete here)

I've reposted this into freelance stack exchange as this is related to a freelance contractor. I'm unable to delete it from here, but I welcome your thoughts and opinions. My client sends me a message ...
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Salary appraisal didn't go as planned, discussion with manager seemed to have backfired. What should I try at this point?

I have been in my current job for past 5 years working under the same line manager in a multinational organization. I was working from offshore office for the past 4 years and my manager was in US. I ...
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Addressing rude tone at work

I work for a large company. I was in a call and a team mate, who's a contractor from a well known consultancy (I am a FTE at the company) spoke to his peer (also from same consultancy) in a very ...
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When working from client's office, how do you politely decline invitations to after-work hangouts? [closed]

The company for which I am a permanent employee of, has a client in the same city, they've outsourced me for that and I work directly from my client's company office. Often times, I run into ...
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Not invited into meeting where the fate of my project will be decided: should I forcibly attend?

I worked on this project for about half a year, but very unfortunately changes that are coming from my work touch parts of code belonging to another developer that is senior to me. While my solution ...
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Am I being unreasonable in not wanting meetings to be recorded?

There are some colleagues of mine who really love the idea of meetings being recorded, especially if they are out on vacation. I, on the other hand, feel incredibly uncomfortable in a recorded meeting;...
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How do I stand up for myself against my manager while still taking accountability for my mistake?

As with a lot of workplaces, the work we do at my company is very much a team effort. I was assigned to semi-lead a cross-team project with one other team. I say semi-lead because while I was the one ...
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Is it worth making amends with a toxic ex-manager?

I had a very toxic and narcissistic "manager" in my past role. He joined as a senior although other people including me had more experience than him; and soon after, due to lack of enough ...
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Employer Requiring Race & Ethnicity of Employees

My employer here in the US told me that I have to provide an answer to my race & ethnicity today 1-15-2024, if I chose to not disclose then my boss has to do a visual and make the decision. How ...
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How do I manage this difficult stakeholder?

I need to send an update every week on a turn-around initiative to senior management and the working group. There's a bully in the working group who waits for me to send an update highlighting that ...
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How to get coworkers to stop giving me ChatGPT-generated suggestions

I work in computer graphics for a small company on our own game engine. We also have an in house team of artists creating content for this engine. I am often tasked with taking suggestions from the ...
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Oftentimes coworkers come up to me and say, "please come with me" with no context

At my job meetings are always impromptu and never scheduled. Frequently coworkers walk up to me and say, "please come with me" with no other context. They do this because they need my help ...
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How to Recommend Radical Product Change to an Organization

Some background: I’m about 8 years into my career with my current company, a large multinational based in the US. I’ve been working with a group of about 150 people for most of my time here. Our scope ...
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How to accomplish sortition with hybrid team?

Occasionally, there arise small unpleasant tasks that anyone on the team could reasonably undertake, but which nobody wants to undertake. One way to accomplish this "fairly" is via sortition....
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Received a job offer, but recruiter is behaving unprofessionally

I had 5 rounds of interviews at a very famous company. I am based in Europe and the company is based in US. It's a fully remote position. My contact point was Recruiter A during the whole process, and ...
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Seeking Guidance on Collaborative Targets with a Colleague Unaccustomed to Teamwork

I'm currently facing a bit of a challenge at work. I've been teamed up with a colleague who usually prefers working on their own projects. It's proving to be a bit tricky as they tend to avoid or ...
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Is there a polite way to say "I am not going to be convinced this is a good idea, but I can also see you won't either. Go ahead without my blessing"?

This is an issue I come into at work sometimes which is awkward. I have a habit of having strong opinions that I feel are from years of expertise in the field or in the product. I also know that I ...
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Is what I said to my boss (director) excessive?

I am a manager in the cybersecurity division of the company I work in. I have been in management for about 5 years and am well respected by my colleagues. This week, one of the cybersecurity engineers ...
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Are words from Sports, War, Hunting and Fighting inappropriate for the workplace

I see words like 'target' routinely used to refer to people, or even just objectives set for them, and wonder how this became so pervasive in public speech in general, but particularly the workplace?
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I told recruiter which days I'm available for interview. They haven't got back to me and I'm having trouble holding the days open

I am looking for a new job and a recruiter contacted me about one. The recruiter works for a well known recruiting agency and was hired by a company trying to fill a position. I find things have been ...
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What to do when my new manager sends me a file with no context, except for "update this"?

What to do when my new manager sends me a file with no context, except for "update this"? The file was put together by my old manager, without my involvement/input whatsoever.
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How can I ask my manager to reduce threats of disciplinary action from our director?

People in this scenario: Me - lowly employee Boss - manager of employees Director - Boss's boss, head of department Recently, I started a new job. Since then, I've noticed that nearly every ...
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Is "barking up the wrong tree" inappropriate in professional communication?

I was talking to a colleague today and I told them they were barking up the wrong tree when they were complaining to me about something that I could not do anything about, meaning to imply they should ...
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How do I tell my employer that I do not want to go on long-distance business trips?

Research My searches here on Workplace didn't answer my question because the focus was, for example, on family reasons or if there was any doubt about the necessity of the business trip. The most ...
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How to handle a coworker who can't take feedback

I am in a senior position at my job. A fresh recruit came from the university and I have been working with him for around 8 months now. We work closely together, and since I am in a senior position I ...
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Giving constructive criticism to my boss' boss

I work at a bank in the United States. Every month we have a two hour department meeting and the head of Loan Operations talks first and gives a run down of the past few weeks activities. What bothers ...
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Shall I consider a text response to an email as official one for leave request?

I sent my boss an email regarding personal issues I was having inside and outside of work, and I stated I wanted to use personal time off I had accumulated. Within the email, I also stated I would ...
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How do I tell my work I don't want to do the project that I've been put on?

I've been a structural engineer for a few years. My tasks are usually design calcs/reports which are office or remote based, i.e. I am NOT a site engineer. I have recently been placed on a project ...
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How can a cybersecurity team mitigate internal customer complaints that real time user training is too intrusive?

I manage a team in the cybersecurity division where I work. My team is responsible for owning several security tools used to protect company digital assets (Data loss protection suite - DLP, advanced ...
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New employee In a small office environment exposed to huge culture issues

I have just finished my first week with what I see as a great company that is poised for tremendous growth. Currently there are only 4 full time employees, including myself, within the office and ...
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How to assist the improvement of company quality by stopping some very low qualities practiced by coworker

This is regarding a problem occured in a work place where a majority of workers are doing gossiping, backbiting and undermining, kind of they have adapted it like a cultural thing. So, for short, they ...
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What strategies can I employ to leverage a co-worker leaving (which increases my value) into a better position/salary for myself?

I'm one of only two people currently in a particular position in my company. We are the only people in the company with the skillset to fill this position. The position is an important one - I won't ...
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In my department everyone CC's everyone else with the reason for their absence. How to avoid this?

I recently started a new job. I work in the IT department. There are no shared calendars and no ticket management system. It is very common for people to CC the entire department as opposed to sending ...
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I felt like I don't have any future

I am already 32 years old. I worked as a cashier for 3 yrs, 10 yrs ago. After I gave birth, I decided to stay at home to focus with my child. I am single parent by the way. Fortunately, I found an ...
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Coworker keeps telling me where to sit. How can I handle this?

I recently started a new job. My coworker who sometimes works from home asked me which desk I sit at when he is not there. I told him at the same desk I normally do. He told me that needs to change, ...
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Can the impressions created through what you say, be used to safeguard yourself from manipulation at workplace?

I am writing this to get help on identifying some behaviours of people at workplace and develop my skills. I am a bit introverted and recently I came across a work place with a lot of toxic co-workers ...
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Cooperation utterly failing on two-person project

Maybe this is the wrong group, idk if it should go in software engineering or what, but I think it's more of a management problem. I'm working on a project with one other programmer, a contractor ...
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In a new job when is it good to ask questions about the company and its systems vs mind my own business?

In some of my past jobs I had gotten the feedback that I asked too many questions. Or that I asked them in the wrong way. To be clear I only got this feedback occasionally. I have since taken ...
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Handling a Refactoring Project with Limited Access to Source Code

I apologize if this isn't the correct place to ask this question, but I'm hoping to get some insight from the community on a problem I'm facing. I recently finished an interview with a company as a ...
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Need a work reference letter from current employer

I need to get a work reference letter on a business letterhead that states my duties and responsibilities for my role in my current job. This reference letter is for immigration purposes and I fear ...
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How to mitigate loss of key members of team and unfair burden for other team members due to HR imposed conflict of interest solution

I am manager in the cybersecurity division of my employer managing a technical team of security engineers / analysts. I have been with my company for close to 10 years and am well respected. Recently ...
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My manager has stoped responding to my messages and email suddenly and im on maternity leave due to return soon

I'm currently at the last 3 weeks of a 6 month maternity leave. My boss always responded to my texts but suddenly has stopped responding. Could there be a problem?
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Should I be scheduling these meetings/writing the agendas?

I'm a Product Manager for a proprietary software. In that role I participate in the "longterm planning" team comprised of our lead Developer, the CTO and myself. I'm the only woman in our 20 ...
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How to say goodbye to a coworker who leaves the company?

First of all some background: I took a job last year in a new country. One of the only two people in the team when I arrived who is still here will leave the team in a few weeks. I'm really grateful ...
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Manager not telling me in advance where I'll be working

I started a new job about a month ago. I'm in the IT department of a medium sized company. They have two offices that are relatively close together. When I accepted the job I understood that I would ...
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Should I tell my manager I did not like her tone and demeanor when she told me I did something wrong?

I work in the US in loan servicing in a bank in the corporate office. I am one year new to the industry and about 6 months new to my role. Several of my tasks are transactional. Yesterday, my Manager ...
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Not being reduced the workload

There are around 10 people in my team. We are tech workers and everybody is responsible for their tech area. No two people are responsible for the same area. We work with clients. There are 2 big ...
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Brought on to failing project and might lose job

Original Question I work as a backend software developer for a tech company. This company has a multi-million dollar project that is at least three years underway. The project is supposed to go live ...
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Departing colleague attacked me in farewell email, what can I do?

We have just been through a round of redundancies at the company I work for. One colleague, who I had argued with frequently, took what I believe to be voluntary redundancy. I have been told by a ...
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Discover all possible stakeholders in a pile of (legacy) systems

I have been assigned a team that seems to have been "abandoned" in the following sense: Hadn't had a direct manager for a long time and has been getting more and more responsibilities of ...
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