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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In end-of-employment emails, why do people generally not mention their new employer?

When an employee is leaving a company, it's common for them to send out a group email to other employees they know to announce their departure and to share non-work contact details (personal email, ...
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How to handle complication after just getting hired

I just got hired to fill an accounts receivable position that I’ve been excited for. I just got notified that my husband has chosen to change careers after his Semi-truck’s engine ‘blew up’. This will ...
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How to deal with not answered emails?

Sometimes, I —or other people I know— send an email someone —or a team— in an professional setting and never get an answer. How should that situation be handled? Should I double down after a couple ...
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How do I handle requests from an employee who has just been fired?

Yesterday I was offered a part time job in a gym facility. I have been a substitute instructor there from time to time, so I was very excited to have been asked to work there on a more regular basis. ...
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Previous client wants details about a past project from my previous company

I have switched my job and now I am working in an multinational company. But, prior to that I was in a startup. There was a government project, which I almost did it by myself. I had a full day of ...
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How do I ask my manager if I will be converted to a full time employee?

I'm currently doing an internship, which has a week left to run. A few weeks back I asked my manager regarding my performance and all but he said the general stuff like "enthusiasm is great" ...
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Is it necessary to inform HR about returning to work after long medical leave?

I working in a MNC company. I met road accident and took permission from HR for 3-4 weeks medical leave. Now I am fully recovered and ready for work. Is it necessary to inform HR about returning to ...
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How long to wait to send follow up email(s) for business communications?

I've found that emails that I write with a written suspense on them aren't answered any sooner than ones without a written suspense. Over time, I've tried to figure out how long to wait between ...
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How to deal with a colleague with poor Slack etiquette?

I have a colleague who I don't believe has worked with Slack or similar services before. We are on the same team and same level in the company heirarchy. This colleague DMs me frequently to ask ...
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Should I explain to my team a facial scar due to surgery?

I recently had a minor surgery and biopsy done on my face. This is obviously visible and hard to conceal. Depending on biopsy result, further treatment may be needed. My role interfaces with both ...
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Soliciting suggestions from entire group of subordinates - good idea?

I am a member of the managerial team at a large international school. I coordinate about 40 staff members. I am considering emailing them at the beginning of next academic year, and possibly at the ...
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How do you assert your preference for written communication?

It is a well-known fact that HR/management are really there to look after the reputation and interests of the company. I learnt very early on to make sure that 99% of communication with anybody in a ...
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What to do when my manager insists I have a dog? [closed]

I recently had a meeting with my manager. They were very insistent that I had a dog, asking how the dog was doing, talking about their dog, saying that her dog was playing up and that I no doubt know ...
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Work at old company as contractor while working full-time at new company?

I currently work at Old_Co. At Old_Co I created a sophisticated application suite that's used by many of our employees. Unfortunately, the administration changed and I started job-hunting. I received ...
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Coworker has knowledge that I could use but they have problems staying on topic

I have a coworker who has a lot of expertise I could learn from. This coworker often offers to share this knowledge with me and is very generous with his time. Unfortunately, I cannot follow his way ...
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CTO acts as an individual

This is a "team lead acts as an individual and doesn't lead the team" type of question, but at a much higher level. We're a small fully-remote business with a successful PaaS solving several ...
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How to respond politely to a client who is wrong about a small detail

TL;DR In situations where it's objectively user error, I encounter two types of technically un-savvy person: the "it doesn't seem to work for me, it's probably my fault, can you help" type, ...
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What should I do about my boss being unreasonable during my notice period?

I work in India in a healthcare organisation. I work for business development. I am on a 1 month notice period and have cleared my intentions of handing over my work with no loss to the organization. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to politely tell someone to stop explaining?

It happens occasionally, that I come across something I don't know how to do, and I need someone to show me. So I ask Bob for help, because Bob knows this stuff, and he comes over and starts ...
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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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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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How can I get feedback on a business idea for providing English language support for specific projects?

I have an idea for a business providing non-native English professionals with collaborative, real-time language support for specific projects, such as business reports. This support would sit at the ...
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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 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 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 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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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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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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Offshore Personnel Feeling Left Out from Onshore Team

I was recently hired as an ERP Developer in a Global BPO Company (let's call it 3Ps). I have a manager and a team who's based onshore (US) while I work alone offshore (Philippines). I am their first ...
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How to deal with colleagues saying they don't need help in public but asking for it in private

How should I react in the following situation? It happens to me regularly. Just for context: I used to be a hard-worker, but frequently I did not get enough recognition for my work, so I'm trying to ...
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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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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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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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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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