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 should I expose a coworker (whom I have a good relationship) for attacking the LAN?

I work in a small firm of consultants as a Junior. We work in a small office with no more than 15 people. We get along just fine but I don't think I should cover him up since it's getting in the way ...
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Other employees not following company policy

So, recently I volunteered for a shift a local movie theater and had to go through an orientation that lasted around 20 minutes and some of the things that were discussed included, If under 18, you ...
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How long do I need to wait before sending a follow up email or IM to someone in my company when they are not replying? [duplicate]

An email was sent on Friday and it's now Wednesday and I have no response yet. I've seen this question asked about interviews, but this was to someone in the company I already work at. I wanted to ...
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How to convince my boss not to commit binary files and assets to git?

I am rather new in my workplace (some months). I am having trouble convincing my boss not to make a big mistake for which the company and the software team is going to pay. As for today, we are (...
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Expressing gratitude for a raise

I love my job but I've been looking at other opportunities because I know I'm underpaid. A few months ago, my manager had a very open conversation with me about how much the company values me & ...
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What is the appropriate way to introduce documentation of an ongoing issue to upper management?

I handle all of the internal IT at the company I work for. For several years, I have been trying to get some new servers purchased to replace some failing server. Several months ago, after repeated ...
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Changing jobs internally

So I've been at this company for 6 months. New hire. I plan to retire here which is a long way away. Last week a supervisor from another department came to me wondering if I would be interested in ...
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Is it ethical to inform clients the Store is closing down soon? [closed]

I work for a relatively small company (about 15 or so employees). The owner has informed us the company will close for good at the end of the year. I suspect this was done in an attempt to try and ...
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I received a dinner invitation through my employer's email. Is it OK to attend?

Last week, I received a dinner invitation from an organizer that I never worked with nor heard of. I received the invitation through my employer's email. The location of the event is a well known ...
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My manager told me I should feel comfortable about telling him if I want to leave the company. Should I tell him?

I work as a software engineer and have been at my company for almost 3 years now. I have recently started considering other opportunities outside of my current role. There isn't anything particularly ...
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What can you do when you are asked to do a potentially dangerous or odd tasks, unrelated to your main job duties?

What do you do when you are asked to do a task that is outside of your area of expertise? Specific example - originally hired as a ported at a car dealership. You are asked to remove floor tile from ...
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«reversing» the question “how you dealt with critique” to an employer

In an earlier post, the questioner asked if, after repeated "complaint[s]" expressed "about some things [in his/her workplace]" HR suggested him/her to leave the current entreprise. Based on answers ...
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Misrepresented my work history

I submitted my resume to a prospective employer where I combined two similar positions I held at a university. Both positions were full time lab scientist roles, but they were in two different labs ...
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Diplomatically withdraw candidacy because of recruiter

I had an initial phone interview with a HR guy (a recruiter from that company; let's call him "Bob") from a company that I was interested in. It went well, so Bob and I agreed that he'd send me a few ...
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How to deal with a (indirect) boss who tells me not to ask questions, but then downgrades me at review time for not asking more questions?

A bit of background first: My employer is a subcontractor on a contract with a large organization. My work is done at the client's site. My corporate supervisor rarely sees or talks with me; instead I ...
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How to handle too many calls from companies?

I am currently looking for a job and posted my CV online, hoping to get some calls. It worked and I got some calls - in fact too many. Just this morning, I had 15 calls, plus some e-mails. As I am ...
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Intern not wearing safety equipment; how could I have handled this differently?

I'm supervising an intern working on a customer site away from the office at the moment. This is an industrial environment and the site rules specify full PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) - Hard ...
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Should I approach my manager about an incompetent tech lead?

I work as an engineer in a team structured as follows project manager (my manager) └─── lead data scientist (my technical lead) └─── me (and other engineers) Unfortunately, I'm not convinced ...
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Feeling embarrassed after purchasing a gift for a co-worker as an apology

I purchased a co-worker a statue of a bear riding a bicycle, for some reason, as an apology for being late to a meeting. He decided to put it, and the note I wrote introducing the bear, on the table ...
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How do I tell our CEO to step back from development processes?

We don't have such titles, but I am basically the CTO. Our CEO/Founder is a passionate developer himself, but due to his management tasks, his skills are a bit outdated. We are good friends, know ...
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Is it ethical to send a text to an unknown girl in my office by getting her mobile number through employee portal?

I am working in a multinational software company in India. Here in my office I am really interested in making a friendly relationship with a girl who doesn't know anything about me. Meaning she's from ...
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Communication between two vendors of the same client

There are two vendors working for the same client in different departments One of them, let us call them 'A', looks into the global IT operations, improvements and projects. The other one, 'B', ...
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Product Manager Doesn’t Care About Cybersecurity

Recently it was discovered that one of the open source packages we were using in our software was deemed vulnerable many years ago. It is no longer maintained. It is also too costly to remove and ...
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My boss says I lack communication skills. What does this mean and what should I do?

I am on a 12 month internship. I am a bit introverted and English is my second language. My manager told my prof that I am doing fine but I am not good at communication. I was wondering if you could ...
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How to convince my employer to give me unpaid leave so I can take an internship overseas

So I work as a software developer for a startup consisting of ~20 people in Europe which is doing very well. I've been working here for a year and a half which is all of my work experience. I'm also ...
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How should i ask my boss about remote work that he promised?

A few months ago I received a raise that came with the possibility of one day of remote work per week. The raise was reflected on my salary on the next pay but the remote work wasn't. How should I ...
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The new project my team is supposed to start makes me feel a déjà vu of a past failed project. How to proceed?

Background The company I work for has the HQ in the Central Europe and a very important branch in a Eastern European country (within EU though). Many important projects start in the HQ with hybrid ...
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How to deal with violent language from superior in workplace

Background: I am junior developer (about 1 year of experience) who was recently hired at a company smaller than 150 people less than 6 months ago. The web software team is made up of less than 5 ...
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Clash of working styles with boss

My boss and I have different working styles and I'm out of ideas for how to address this. First, I want to be absolutely clear. On a personal level he and I get along great. We go out for a beer ...
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I don't know what my business is about, how should I go about learning the basics? [closed]

I'm an Engineering Student, I've made a product, and I want to market it. Apologies if this is in the wrong group. I've spent ages on all the video learning websites, trying to understand how to ...
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How to stop the sales department from selling functionalities that don't exist

Our sales are selling stuff without consulting the technical team. I am about to lose my temper - this is a difficult situation because the CEO seems to be siding with the sales. We already had ...
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My shift got cancelled, someone wants to explain the reason by phone; how should I take it?

I work for a few different marketing agencies. They get contracts with different clients to promote their products in retail stores. For a month I had been scheduled to work a particular shift that I ...
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Best way to screen calls

My boss doesn't like to take calls that he's not expecting but I'm not always sure who he's expecting. If a client calls and asks to speak to him, I ask who is calling and find it easiest to say "let ...
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How to tell a coworker that their communication is confusing, because they speak off topic? [duplicate]

I thought maybe this would be a better fit for interpersonal.stackexchange.com but noticed a lot of answers given there are strange. I recently started working for a small company. In the interview I ...
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How do I politely say I want to be rolled off to a project? [closed]

I suffering from bipolar disorder and the daily night shifts doesn't help my condition either. I want to be rolled-off in the project but I do not know how to say or start with this in a polite manner....
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Is there a word for “trying overly hard to appear efficient”? [closed]

A coworker always adds way too much to everything she does, in (what I think is) the effort to appear smarter and just oh-so efficient. Using multi-syllabic words when one syllable will do. "...
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How to set boundaries and define my role with the people above me?

I am a senior developer working in this team for 4+ years and have deep technical & functional knowledge about 3-4 internal applications that this team is managing. Involved persons: Developer (...
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How do I deal with my supervisor praising everything I do?

It may not sound like a bad thing, but my Scrum Master/supervisor tries really hard to reach a 'casual-friend' status with everybody he supervises. To this end, he rarely talks about shortcomings, ...
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What to do about (new) manager simply ignoring me?

I work part time for an agency. My manager recently got replaced. Understandably she does things a differently, and may even be learning the position herself. Sometimes when I ask questions she simply ...
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How do I deal with a networking opportunity that's ambivalent about staying in touch?

I work with a STEM education nonprofit. A few weeks ago, I reached out to a local science museum hoping to establish a relationship and work on joint projects. I heard back from one of the people ...
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Is it okay to reply “Will do. Thanks.”?

I recently accepted an offer to work at another location. There is a person in contact with me and they sent me a first week preparation email. I replied that I got the email and would read it over ...
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Would it be ethical to privately tell a colleague that our boss will probably fire him soon? [duplicate]

Big IT company. Today, my colleagues of our team project (5 people) except one developer (let his name be John) and I were invited to talk with our boss. It gets out that our boss wants to replace ...
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Request from management that I disagree with

Posting from real account now I work on the IT security team at my employer as a senior analyst / engineer. A part of my job duties is performance reporting to senior management on certain ...
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Does management has a spy on floor? [closed]

Recently the company I joined which had made some people redundant and there was a meeting to make sure no one else is getting laid off, but since then a guy is always hovering the floor like keeping ...
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Senior Developer Feeling stuck by toxic coworker and annoyingly jokey manager

I'm a front-end engineer and have been in the field for a little over 4 years. I feel like I am stuck at my current position, with no room for growth. Currently, I am a senior front end developer on ...
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I can't understand my foreign born colleague

This colleague I'm sure is very technically proficient, however their very thick accent makes it hard to follow them when they're giving presentations or when they're trying to speak with authority ...
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Should I betray my colleagues? [closed]

Disclaimer: the story described here happened few years ago and it's all over. I did take some actions back then, but I'm wondering until today if I did the right thing. Very small company, startup ...
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Approach sick days in feedback meeting

I have a team member who is performing well, but has regular sick days (~1-5 a month). I fully trust him and if he needs those days, there is a valid reason; he follows all the company policies for ...
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How to respond to single letter replies in IM?

I am working in IT and this question is about my Indian colleagues. This is about chatting over Instant Messaging(IM) like Lync, Skype etc. Sometimes, I used to get single letter replies like below. ...
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Is pointing finger in meeting consider bad?

I am not a native British but generally in a large group when we want something from someone, we point out to them or say name, so in our scrum meeting (as it is large), I pointed out X to sit me with ...