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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Potential employer asks for transcript as a final step

Background info: Jr software developer with 1.5 years experience in Ontario, Canada. I am applying for a software developer role, and the process was quite extensive with a phone interview, technical ...
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How to keep in touch with former colleagues

After more than ten years I started a new job last summer, so it´s been near on half a year in my new job. I absolutely love my new job and like my new colleagues. I liked my former colleagues, too. ...
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How to decline invite to team dinner when I have a prior engagement?

I am being invited to a team dinner which I won't be able to attend as I have to go for swimming coaching classes every evening. I don't know how to decline the invitation and also politely tell ...
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Senior At Work Suddenly Grew Distant and Cold [on hold]

I have this one senior, let's call her A She and I work in an IT division. We have a small group of girl friends here (3 people), so we made a group chat We used to be so close. But one day, our ...
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Senior colleague doesn't respond to my emails

I have a senior colleague with a lot of insider knowledge. He has too much information to write down at one time so I make documentation as I come across issues that require his attention. He's been ...
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Should I talk to a colleague who seems to be suddenly annoyed with me?

I'm in a four person team that is comprised by me, my sister and 2 other guys. One of the two other team members seems to be pissed off about something and I am not sure if I need to address it or ...
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How to deal with manager who refuses to communicate with a team member?

One of the newly appointed managers always keeping an eye and criticizing the habits of one of the employees. He always keeps getting frustrated for one or another reason because of him, As being ...
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How to deal with co-worker who is unwilling to communicate during meetings?

I have a co-worker who communicates very little during meetings. She is very talkative and outgoing in other situations outside the scheduled meetings. My supervisors keeps asking the two of us to ...
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How can I negotiate remote work due to my phobia

I have joined in a new workplace and I haven’t signed an agreement yet. It is the second day. The office is based in a church which isn’t in service but I have megalophobia (fear of a huge structure). ...
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Management micromanaging sprints

I work at a smallish company as a software lead. So far I have lead one team for the full duration of the project, and have been managing my current team for about 6 months. While the previous ...
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Side project turning into job in free time

I am a student and have worked in a 3-person team on a project for some time now. In this team, I have all IT roles (but mostly programming), and am currently having a conflict with a person who has ...
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How to effectively challenge “this is how we always do it”

I have worked in a number of software companies, and all of which have their own idiosyncrasies, which is perfectly understandable. The problem is, that some of these are (objectively) not good ...
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Can I ask for salary break down while replying to letter of intent and other things?

I have received a mail from the company for whose interview I appeared a while ago. However, during interview I forgot to ask them questions such as breakdown (I know forgot the important thing). Day ...
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How to deal with complaints about you - if you warned against the risk?

I'm a consultant (employed by an external company to work for different companies). I'm on a client project, whose scope has grown to more than 200% of the initially planned scope shortly after ...
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My co-worker withholds information about his systems and blames me for “bugs” which aren't my fault

I've been working at a company for some years in a lead position where I have responsibility for a large array of systems. I work with another co-worker at the same level, on independent systems, ...
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How to encourage people to give detail requirements?

Background: I am software engineer in big business company, currently filling a management role. Current Solution: Communication and socializing among the people in the company to let them know the ...
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How to ask for re-evaluation of salary and conditions when you are paid much less than the job market standard? [duplicate]

I'm a software developer working remotely for a company in a very developed country. I started working for them for a very minimal amount of money, because I just wanted to get started and hoped that ...
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Should I tell my manager that I am being targeted by the team?

There were some lay offs recently, and I have noticed that I am being targeted by the team as a prompt to be the next to get laid off. For example: Performance hits by decreasing estimates of my work....
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(Would be) teammate called me privately to tell me he does not wish to work with me

I've never faced anything of this sort before. I interviewed at this firm for a position, for which I was rejected, but after the interview the manager requested if he could hold on to my resume for ...
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How should I respond as a developer if manual testing is assigned to me?

I'm software engineer at a private service based company. Even as a developer, we generally get repetitive development tasks. Now today my manager asked me to help with manual testing to meet the ...
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Right way to say that I disagree with a design but will implement it despite my objections

I am asked to implement a design which I am strongly against. How do I say professionally "to me this is not the best design but I will implement it because you insist"? I suspect that the lead ...
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How can I make sure colleagues do not feel like I accuse them of doing something wrong?

I work in a small company in Thailand, SE Asia. I am originally from Europe. I live and work there since many years, we all speak English in the company, and normally communication works fine. I am ...
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As an introvert team lead, how to make team members trust me with their future career plans

About me: I am an introverted team lead. My superiors and my team members do recognize that I am an effective leader. Also, I do not really get strict or angry usually when things go wrong , instead ...
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Workplace compensation backtracking when considering salary [closed]

I started working at company X 8 months ago as a software developer, after graduating from university. I was working with no problems and hearing only praise. The company underwent a new compensation ...
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Is it OK to call company for more details about a job post (not an application)?

I would like to ask whether it is generally considered OK to call the HR department of a company to ask for further details regarding a job post (not a job application). I work in the Civil ...
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What to do when employer lied about when they would reimburse for out of pocket expense?

I could add a lot more details to this question but I feel they don't have an affect. An employer told me to buy something. They agreed to reimburse me the next day. Now they're saying it will be a ...
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How to avoid that customers come to local shop to get advice and then buy online? [closed]

If one runs a local shop, some potential customers come in order to get advice or a product recommendation but then buy the respective product online where it typically is cheaper. How can potential ...
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What to do with an expert coworker who is “stealing the show”?

I work in a mature company and I am the youngest/newest one. The team was stable until recent lay offs. I don't know if it was the lay offs, or me not being "a new guy" anymore, but recently I have ...
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What's a good way to foster an environment where colleagues feel free to express their opinions, if I'm not in a management role?

I'm a developer working in a team of around 10-15 people, with almost two thirds of them working remotely. We use scrum, and have daily standups, sprint plannings and other meetings over conference ...
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Is it poor workplace etiquette to display signs of relative “wealth” at work when others are struggling financially?

I work in an office with about 40 other people in varying situations (junior up to director level). I'm a little older than my immediate peers (the people I work with and socialize with) and more ...
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I feel I’m not growing as a professional in my current job [closed]

Since a month and a half, I started getting bored at my job (I'm a mid level SQL Developer): there's not tasks related to my job, and I don't see any projects coming (at least, my manager haven't told ...
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How should I professionally not shake hands with women colleagues at the first working day?

At the first I should add that different cultures have different attitudes and believes, so with that in mind I would like to ask my question that may seem weird to almost all European, American, ...
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Should overtime be evenly shared amongst employees? [closed]

I work in the hospital industry. My question is, is my boss in all her rights to offer extra hours to the same people and not all her employees. It’s not evenly spread out to all my colleagues ...
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Younger junior colleague who behaves like the boss

I would be grateful for advice on this situation. I'm a senior developer with about 10 years of experience. Until recently my team consisted of myself, my manager, and a staff engineer. We've been ...
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How do I make my manager take my concerns about a more experienced contractor seriously?

I am the only technical employee in a young business which develops a technical product. The bulk of the development is done by a team of contractors. I have many concerns about the way the ...
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What to do about a seemingly self-appointed, unannounced 'team leader' within our group when there's no official communication but some signs

I work in a functional team of 5 and we report to a manager, Anne. Anne also has about 6-7 other people who report to her doing something different but related. Our group's work is "downstream" and "...
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Left out of fun project at work, should I bring this up to the team?

I am the newest employee in my office. Several months before I joined, management directed all the workers to form teams to spend a "experimental day" or two per month working on whatever as long as ...
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How do I encourage team members to present proposals, not problems?

There are times when junior team members encounter a problem and then mail the team, asking "what should I do?". I want to encourage my team-mates to do more individual thinking and produce a ...
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Secretive and confusing work environment?

Two months ago I landed a job in a company, my role is shared with an employee who was appointed a month before me. From the moment I got through the door I noticed that the other employees where ...
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Should I answer honestly if asked why I was late one day when I was actually in an interview?

I had an job interview today that went well and I accepted the job offer. The interview was in the morning during work hours so I had to make an excuse about why I was late coming into my current job. ...
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How to contact multiple companies after the job fair

I have attended a job fair last week. A few companies said that they are interested in my work and gave me their business card to contact them. I was wondering what will the best way to contact them ...
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How can I deal with teammate who is not a team player, possibly searching for glory? [closed]

To clarify, this is actually my senior project for my university so no changes could be made personnel wise. However, I'd like to apply this situation to a workplace setting, as that's what it is, ...
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Advice on defusing a tense situation after disrespectful behaviour from a colleague [closed]

This happened to me today and I'm still trying to digest it. To give you some context, I'm working on IT at a company with several branches across Europe. I don't hold any position of responsibility ...
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How to address smirking of colleague [closed]

I work in a small team, this guy had recently joined, like a month ago and I love to teach/mentor and my manager sees me enjoying and good at it, the colleague is of my age but he smirks a lot e.g. If ...
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An important collaborator is delaying my project with perfectionism and lack of turnaround - How to manage him

I am leading a research project which involves a number of international collaborators. We have been working with one collaborator since early this year to develop a Spanish version of the survey we ...
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How to prepare for a conversation with someone much higher up?

I am in my mid 30s and currently work at a senior technical position (software architect) in a Fortune 500 company. My current boss (a director), who brought me into my current company from my ...
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How to ask for if I can leave hour early to pick my son

My son recently joined Kindergarten and my wife work too but the timing is odd for her whereas my work in flexible I.e. if I start at 7, can finish at 4. Now due to my son starting school. I have to ...
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Had to miss a shift - boss ignoring me [closed]

I have a second job doing a couple shifts in a pub. They asked me to work this Sunday to which I agreed. I was supposed to start at 2pm. I got a call from my dad (who is currently on vacation) at ...
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What to do when workplace smells strongly of marijuana and management hasn't done anything to mitigate?

I work in a decent company with good people in California (marijuana is legal). In one of the office buildings we rent, there are two marijuana-related companies. One of them is right next door to us ...
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Can I use the same recruiter that I previously worked with?

There is this recruiter who I was impressed of the way he operates. The job he represented, benefits, salary and how he actually made it true that I got hired was really impressing. He is professional ...