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 can I deal with a manager who keeps insisting to stay with no clear offer after I have already accepted another company offer?

Summary I was dissatisfied with my job and accepted an offer elsewhere. Now my boss keeps insisting I stay, and enlists others to try and convince me. How do I deal professionally with this? Context ...
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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 ask a busy volunteer to response to an urgent task?

TLDR A volunteer who is in charged in an important role is so busy to have time to work on an urgent task. I understand that I cannot apply professional deadline and expectation, but given the ...
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Manager not agreeing for notice period buy-out even though mentioned in offer letter

I belong from India. I have been offered a new job and would like to end my current notice period early. In my offer letter it's mentioned that - "After confirmation your services can be terminated by ...
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How to motivate team to use a communication tool?

In my team we do not use any professional communication tool. We are working totally remotely because of the COVID-19 situation. All the communication goes through email or Whatsapp personal accounts. ...
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How to handle colleague who answer only YES or NO?

I have a really qualified colleague. We work together, he is very smart but I struggle to communicate. He always answer yes or no. Sometimes a few words... He speaks very little, What is the best ...
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How to convince boss that we need more employees?

After joining a company as a low-level manager I discovered my task scope is much bigger than what I expected. That's not a problem in itself - I have enough experience to lead these projects and ...
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My superior has a tendency to launch into monologues overexplaining things - how to make them aware that I already know what they are talking about?

My boss (who is also the owner of the company - so there's an unequal power dynamic there) is great but they have a tendency to massively over-explain things. A simple question to expand out an ...
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How can I address the issue of a broken desktop screen with my manager?

Due to lockdown, I was given desktop to work from home. One day I thought of cleaning desktop table and monitor as well. I kept my monitor on a box and started cleaning the table. I was keeping all ...
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Is there a reason why Recruitment Agency contacted Main Office and asked for Person instead of contacting them directly?

This didn't actually happen to me, it happened to a coworker. Where I work is a relatively new department of an established company (this may be relevant), and the manager is allowed final say in ...
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Colleague nags and acts like my manager, should I be worried?

I've been working remotely as a software dev at a company I really like for a few years. One of my teammates, let's call him Bob, concerns me. Most of my colleagues work on one part of the product, ...
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How to finish my report? [closed]

I need some advice since the advice I have so far received from my friend can be considered dangerous. I was finishing up my report and although I was late my supervisor accepted the report. The ...
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How to deal with the need to be informed if your boss doesn't like to share information?

I started at my current company just two months ago. I'm a manager responsible for leading the whole functional area in a big market (let's say the whole Finance in China). I'm reporting to, let's ...
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How to write a daily status report mail to manager [closed]

I am a software engineer of 7+ years of experience and working in a application in which only 2 resources. My reporting manager is busy with other work and on daily basis we have very little ...
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How to deal with a high number of meetings and communication as an introvert

I'm at a stage in my career when I'm taking over coordination/ management tasks for the first time. This means, among others, that I have 4-8 h of meetings every single day. I'm more on the ...
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Are humanities subjects useful for Computer Science jobs? [closed]

I'm currently an undergraduate student enrolled in a Bachelor's of Computer Science. I'm in my first year and have started my first semester. One of my units is a professional communication course ...
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How can I stop people confusing my given name and surname?

My given name and my surname are both well-known given names. Hence, many people use my surname as my first name mistakenly. This occurs especially in mail conversations when I cannot introduce myself ...
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Chat etiquette in the office [US]

I have two questions about "You are welcome" in business chats. When someone asks me to do something and I get back to them with some form of "done", they, in turn, respond with "Thank You. So far ...
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Is this an adversarial statement? [closed]

“Developers need to be informed the scope, timelines, and other expectations that are material to the success of needed changes.” This statement was made by a developer to an executive, a non-...
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How To Navigate Saying “No” To Unnecessary Work In a Leadership Position

I work at a great small startup. I'm the only person in my position which involves the look and feel of our product. I am positioned when we grow to lead a team that will work on these things with me. ...
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Administrator thinks I, an IT volunteer student, am hacking the school network

I'm a high school student volunteering with the school administrator, and he is somehow sure that I am always trying to hack the school server and put viruses on the computers. A group of us spent a ...
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How to break off an internship without burning bridges?

This summer I was planning on returning to a large software company (Company A) for a second year of internship. Between when my prior internship ended and the present I've since partnered with ...
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Hosting vendor consultant sends proposal to my manager without any background information

So unbeknownst to my manager, I've been pricing out different managed server companies to allow us to upgrade to a service with more flexibility and features. This is going to be significantly more ...
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How to work with seniors who are unwilling to help?

I am a junior developer in my team. I joined this team last year and it is my first job. Our working hours are from 10 to 7. When I share some PR(1) with them. They take good time a to have look at ...
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What are the most common response types of employers when candidates refuse a job offer?

What is the common or best response types of an employer after the rejection of a job offer by a candidate? For example Company A makes a job offer to candidate B. Candidate B politely refuses the ...
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Practical ways to hold peers accountable for their assigned tasks?

Recently, I and 4 other coworkers were working together on an internal initiative. Due to the nature of the project (internal rather than client-facing, etc), it was a rather "informal" project that ...
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When working remote due to COVID-19, should we communicate in writing or using video?

Like many companies, we find ourselves suddenly working fully remotely. I have found some of the guidance we've received seems to differ from articles I've read from people in my profession (software ...
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How to deal with an overly helpful coworker

I have a coworker in another department, and she and I work closely on many projects. She is very knowledgeable in her field, and I am in mine, and I really like her. The only problem is that when I ...
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Salesperson will not stop talking for the entire customer meeting, how to avoid it?

I work closely with salespeople. Usually, in the spirit of consultative sales, I greatly value customer interaction as precious time to develop a deep understanding of customer pain points and ...
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How to help people become meticulous and thorough in a workplace setting?

I'm leading a team of programmers and I have had a number of interns/junior programmers who came into the team in the past decade. Some of them have done well and have continued onwards to become ...
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How do I provide daily report to my boss during remote working?

Our company asked us to work from home due to COVID things. I am an R&D, my work is mostly programming. My boss asked us to provide a daily update, What is the best way to give my boss a daily ...
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How to diplomatically reject someone's project due to their attitude

I came across a part time e-commerce project through a friend of mine. She said I would need to meet with her partner who is a decision maker and discuss things with him further. Everything seemed to ...
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How can I handle lack of respect from co-workers and lack of discipline from managers

I'm an administrator for an estate. A large part of my role is checking up on the paperwork and standards of the work of other colleagues. The concierge team are supposed to hand in paperwork to the ...
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How to do a Farewell Lunch while Maintaining Social Distancing

One of our team's intern's term is ending soon, and the team tradition is usually a farewell lunch. To maintain social distancing in this period of time, however, it seems like an in-person farewell ...
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Is it OK to ask a company how they got my email address?

I got an email from the HR department of a company about a job opportunity. The email is addressed directly to me, so I was wondering if it is okay to ask them where they got my email address, or ...
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How should I approach my boss after leaving to avoid a infectious employee?

This Monday morning I arrived at work and said hello to my warehouse coworker (JohnDoe). My coworker replied in a horse voice and coughed. In the next few minutes, he coughed several more times and ...
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Already full with tasks, and will probably be assigned to coach new hires. How should I handle this?

Say I am a programmer with a system called ABC and manager / everyone thinks that I am good at this. In reality I am not but just about surviving by working hard and just about manage my day with ...
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Didn't get promised raise due to unsufficient projects [closed]

I started my new job as a software engineer in a bank in January 2019. According to our collective agreement (Tarifvertrag), my position is rated as wage group (Tarifgruppe) 8. During the job ...
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How/should I ask my boss if I can work remotely due to covid19

I am a software developer at a small company located in NY (about an hour outside of NYC). I do not need to be in the office for my job, most of my communications with people is over Teams (messaging ...
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How can we increase spontaneous conversations when working from home and using instant messaging?

Given the current state of working from home for many companies, instant messaging is the go-to communication method. After a few weeks of using instant messaging, however, I noticed the distinct ...
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How to stop a colleague about to offend and embarrass everyone [closed]

Obviously, this is still ongoing and has started maybe two or more years ago in my office. One of my coworkers, let’s just call her Sara, used the company’s educational services to go back to school ...
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Can an employer demand that you turn on your video camera during a conference call when you are working from home?

With everyone working from home with COVID-19 restrictions and participating in online meetings, can your employer demand that you turn on your video stream? Isn't it enough to have your static photo ...
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Got a pay cut for a sporadic project

My friend is a freelancer, he has been working for over a year with another three freelancers for a company. Today he and the other freelancers were notified by email that they will be getting a 40% ...
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New Joining delayed due to COVID-19

I was offered a new job before the virus outbreak. They had emailed me the offer letter and had promised to sent the contract early this week. They were also pushing me to join as quickly as possible. ...
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How can I help developers reduce amount of instant messages to my team?

I am the team lead of the IT security team where I currently work. We have recently completed our annual vulnerability penetration testing and now user stories to remediate vulnerabilities are been ...
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What's the polite and friendly way to ask your lead for a call?

I am a university student and remotely work for a community, and always communicate with my lead (who is a working lady, and usually busy with her work) on WhatsApp and messenger. Before organizing ...
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How to deal with responsibility enough to manage people but not enough to delegate and make my work easier

In my current company, I have been climbing non-stop for two years, to the point where I have now people I am responsible for. From the get go, I had to work over time since the job demands a lot, ...
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How do I lean in into a new job without sounding needy

I am fortunate to not only have a job in the current climate, but am paid decently well. However, I am the newest employee in the "team" and about to complete week 4. I work for a relatively decent ...
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Forward an Issue to the concern person

The business people sent a mail to us that "The application is failing frequently with same error". They want to us to look into the issue,but we are not the right person. How do we forward this issue ...
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How should I address the fact that I'm struggling to work during the pandemic due to anxiety?

I am a software engineer, and I have been in my current position for almost two years now. I am really happy with my job. I enjoy the work that I'm doing (for the most part), the hours are flexible, ...

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