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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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Is team retrospective overriding team lead and tech lead

I have the following question. My team consists of tech lead that has been driving also the development process and a newly assigned team lead. The tech lead is reporting not to the team lead but to ...
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The employer gives a job, but asks for a “plan” of work with a horizon until the end of summer

So, this is a continuation of my topics :) This and this. I need some advice. I found a scientific group (part of a large scientific institute). The lab staff includes several dozen people, about half ...
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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 to deal with coworkers bad mood?

I'm working at a research institute at university, the atmosphere is quite relaxed and it is quite common to make jokes. Today, a colleague and I went to the the kitchen to grab a coffee and wanted to ...
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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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A colleague is answering question my colleagues are asking me

I am tech lead of a project and I have one senior member, a smart guy. He does not sit immediately next to my desk, but it is an open office, so he is a couple of meters away. I am not very fast in ...
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What do you do when your boss ignores a request

I asked my boss whether I could look at some data that she collects from our registry. She initially asked whether there was a problem, but I replied that I just thought it would be interesting to ...
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How to politely ask your manager if they think you are not good enough?

I have recently (3 months) joined a junior position, and am completely new to the corporate sector, hence, not very savvy in corporate communications. My official manager and work manager are ...
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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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waiting on another interview before accepting [duplicate]

I recently got a call to accept a verbal offer for a job I was interested in. The hiring manager followed up with an email asking me to reply with my acceptance before they send over a written offer ...
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How do I handle meetings where someone has a thick accent I cannot understand?

I've recently been assigned to manage a different team at my work space, and have been put in charge of running the update meetings for that team. I haven't yet gotten to know the team members very ...
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Continue or “turn the page” and move on?

I'm trying to get into a research team that is focused on the area around which my research interests are currently focused. They have excellent experience and a wonderful facilities. In addition, ...
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How to handle a colleague who spends hours every day chatting about personal/home projects with me and other teammates

A colleague from a different team often spends hours discussing his personal projects with us during work hours. These projects, which are somewhat related to our field, become a frequent topic of ...
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How can I help an employee improve their communication skills?

I'm currently a team lead at an IT company, managing a team of 5 software engineers + a PM. Our main role is to maintain and upgrade a SaaS product used by internal and external employees. We work ...
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How to clear the air with our manager/executive regarding an uncooperative co-worker?

I'm part of a small team (4-6 members) with a flat hierarchy in a niche industry. The "boss" (the executive and also our manager) sits in another room as he's managing other teams as well, ...
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How to behave with women in my company when it's International Women's Day?

Today I woke up and remembered that today is International Women's Day. I am not exactly the person who likes to greet and give wishes to everyone, and I am often kinda embarrassed when I have to do ...
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Heavy Workload and Many Hats, but No Communication and No Clear Expectations? [closed]

Like many of you, I am experiencing a heavy workload and shoulder many responsibilities beyond my role, including those of several levels above my normal duties. That is understandable and I believe, ...
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Coworker repeating what I say but with different words

I am communicating in non-english language, one not native to me. I have this super analytical guy in the team as a coworker and I keep noticing that when I say something, analyze a problem, or ...
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How Can I Futureproof my Vaguely Defined Role for Future Replacements? (Database and Python Developer)

Over the past year or two I've set up a postgres product database for a small-medium sized business that I work for from scratch (and with no previous experience). On top of this, I've streamlined ...
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How to make senior manager aware of their own inappropriate behaviour if they have no sense of their external effect?

A senior manager in my company, who I don't report to but occasionally work with, sometimes makes inappropriate comments in small talk without realising it himself. We have an almost buddy-like ...
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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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How To Handle Not Being Taken Seriously?

I have been working at company X for nearly a year now in a software related role. Around 3-4 months into working at X, I began to feel the role was not as advertised and a lot of the work I have been ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 to get a peer to stop giving me orders

A colleague often instructs me to do work for them. While the instruction is precise, I feel it is not at all my responsibility. For example, he has asked me to print a document that is hundreds of ...
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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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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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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 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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Can't get a word in with my team

I'm an introvert who recently joined a team of extroverts. Our meetings usually are non-stop talking with no pauses and I find it very difficult to say anything. Sometimes one person will ask if there'...
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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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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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How to ask what my future is with my company

I've worked for a smallish (~200 employees) insurance provider for almost 5 years as a web developer. My 5 year review is next month and I think this review is a good time to reflect on the growth I'...
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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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What should I write in an apology letter, since I have decided not to join a company after accepting an offer letter

I had accepted an offer letter from an employer 45 days ago, but now I got another (better) offer letter from a different company. Now I am wondering, what should I write in a letter to HR at the ...
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Should I be concerned that one of my direct reports still has one to one meetings with my manager after I was promoted?

A few months ago, I was promoted to team leader for a small team of 3 (including myself). Before my promotion, me and the rest of the team reported to the person who is now my line manager, and had ...
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How to deal with your boss's (tiny) mistake with big consequences which they blame on you?

Adam and his boss, Oscar, can't talk face-to-face right now, they are at different locations and will stay like this for some time. Oscar is quite conflict-avoidant, more of a talker than a doer. ...
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How to deal with stand-up meetings in the open space that have no privacy?

I am in a software development project and we have daily stand-up meetings, which are held in the open space next to other peoples' desks. I would prefer to have more privacy during the meeting, ...
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Should I acknowledge Pride Month to my colleagues on team who are LGBTQ?

June in the United States is informally acknowledged as Pride Month as a sign of support for members of the LGBTQ community. I support civil equality for LGBTQ community. Two members of my team are ...
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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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