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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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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?

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 ...
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Best approach to remind boss about raise they mentioned?

I am an intern for a small software company, due to me not having a car, i often rely on coworkers or ride sharing services to get to work. My boss found out and approached me, saying that he would ...
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New manager gives schedule hours without warning (e.g. 3 hours). How to find her manager?

I work for a marketing company that staffs various events. Our regional manager keeps getting changed for some reason. The new one I’ve had difficulty with. On several occasions she just ignores my ...
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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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How to proceed when a manager doesn't answer emails but reads them? [duplicate]

How would you deal with a operations manager who does not reply to emails which call for a specific actions. He was heard saying "if they need me they know where to find me".
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What attitude is most constructive while working with a very sensitive manager?

I've been at my current company for several months. I have a boss with whom I really need to walk on eggshells. He reads a lot into the tone with which I say things. Of course, most people attach ...
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How can I encourage a colleague to use a more productive communication style?

I'm working with a remote colleague who is an expert in a technology we use in our current project. Often there are minor communication issues, some things get lost in translation etc. Nothing too ...
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Prospective job postponed by employer

Recently I went through interview process (3) for a job I really wanted. I receive an email follow up today from the employer, stating that they’ve decided to put the position on hold for now, and ...
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How to officially communicate to a non-responsive colleague?

I have a colleague that works in different building. I only know this colleague by name but not by the person, meaning that we never see each other face-to-face. I have a work that is dependent on ...
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My coworkers think I had a long honeymoon. Actually I was diagnosed with cancer. How do I talk about it?

I work in a large team (~50 headcount) at the head office of a large multinational bank. Last year I was diagnosed with cancer - thankfully a very survivable form of it. I had an operation to remove ...
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How to deal with boss that ignores their company?

I work for a somewhat small business (8 people), which I will refer to as "Company A". The CEO of Company A also happens to be the CEO of "Company B" which has only a couple more on-site employees ...
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Phrasing an apology/ correcting possible misunderstanding

A couple of weeks ago I met a highly respected person in my field working in a C-suite position, during the smoking time outside, we chatted a bit, and he was interested in what do I have to offer, so ...
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What's the most polite way to tell a manager “shut up and let me work”?

I'm the youngest/most junior in my office and often one of my managers will come and give me something to do or change some requirement for a project, then just stand behind my desk repeating the same ...
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Should I leave my job because of my boss/co-worker's personality? [closed]

I started a junior-level software job in January and my boss and I are the only devs who work onsite. There are two others who are brand new so for most of the time I've been at the company, my boss ...
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How can I stop my presentation being derailed by audience questions? [duplicate]

To begin with, we have a diverse team from different background. They speak a different language than what I speak, so often they communicate and I don't understand or communicate at all. Problem: On ...
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Should I disclose a colleague's illness (that I should not know about) when others badmouth him

Recently I found myself in a situation where I just had no idea what the best course of action could be. I went back to my old workplace to get some paperwork done. While I was waiting for the person ...
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How to respond to hello pings which wait for response before getting to the point? [duplicate]

I have observed in several work places that people will ping me via Slack/Hangouts/etc. with a very basic hello message: Hey SomeUser Then they will wait indefinitely for me to respond before ...
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Convincing my supervisor to do academic work from home

I am currently doing my master's thesis in cooperation with a company. I set myself a deadline to submit the thesis for review by my supervisor at the university at the end of June. Besides the fact ...
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Can I tell a prospective employee that everyone in the team is leaving?

Everyone in my team (3 people) is very much dissatisfied with the direction the company is going: The hours are long, the pay mediocre, and the pressure huge. We're all actively looking to change jobs....
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Is it rude not to use honorific address in email to a person with a higher position from another site company?

When responding in a chain email where there is a discussion including our department manager and department manager from another site (different country). What I observed for my two years in the ...
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How to deal with a colleague who is being aggressive?

I’ve found that a relatively new addition to our team is being needlessly aggressive and I’m not sure if I should speak to them or our mutual manager about this face to face, or try some other ...
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Should I agree or comply to record myself giving lectures?

To provide a bit of background, my company does both technical projects and "teaching projects" in which someone from my company goes to another to teach them how to use certain technology, framework, ...
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How are you supposed to get any work done when the whole day is meetings? [duplicate]

I'm in a very small department, about 15 people, and we spend most of the day in meetings that aren't necessary, either all together, 1 on 1s, or 3-4 person groups. I usually only get about 30 minutes ...
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What to say and what not to say to a recruiter when he or she is checking in?

I have never known what to really say or not to say to a recruiter when he is checking in after assigning me. If everything is going well, I usually just say that and often follow it up with "does ...
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How to politely tell someone they did not hit “reply to all” in an email?

It happens sometimes that somebody (likely) meant to reply all in an email chain, but (likely) accidentally just replied to the last person that sent the email. What is a polite way to inform them of ...
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Farewell speech to a colleague whom I do not know well

I have recently taken over a team and a colleague is retiring soon. Please give some tips on what to say in his farewell party. This is especially tough as I do not know him well, nor have I ...
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First project as Dev Lead: Which questions to ask to get solid feedback? [closed]

I'm a mid level developer and I recently (successfully) completed my first project where I was acting as the lead developer. It was a fairly small situation: I was assigned to build something out ...
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how to talk HR about interview

I have talked to an HR regarding a job opportunity and we had a discussion about CTC. After that, HR sent me a mail regarding the discussed points. As we discussed your CTC will be '00.00'. So ...
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Should I call the interviewer directly, if HR aren't responding? [duplicate]

I had a first round telephonic interview with a company - I thought the interview went very well and I was hoping to hear back from them by now, but I haven't received any call yet. Whenever I call ...
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Teammate is avoiding me but won’t tell me why

One of my colleagues seems to have an issue with me. We were friends before I joined the company, he even referred me to the position I’m now in. He actually tried to get me on his team when I had ...
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Dealing with a co-worker in development undermining teamwork

My issue is on how to deal with obnoxious, conniving co-workers. I have never had an issue with the older team of developers back in the day; we then hired a phd graduate who worked in academics for a ...
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How can I get a problem employee to do work assigned to him when I'm a supervisor with no real power?

In one day I went from being the junior member of a three person team to the senior member of a three person team. It's my first supervisory role. Unfortunately one of the new members of the team is ...
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Should I send a “thank you” message to someone who forwarded it to a colleague?

I would need some advice about the customs of answering with a "thank you" message to someone who forwarded my mail to a colleague. To give you more context, I was contacting this person for the ...
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Unemployed with health issues last 9 years, how do I present myself in best light for volunteer then paid work?

I am a female in my 40s who has not worked for 9 years due to severe personal trauma and health issues (PTSD, depression, back/spine injury, sciatic pain & fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue). I am ...
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How to like somebody who you dont like at work? [closed]

I guess its the most natural of all feelings, some people we like, others we dont. But at work, wanting to be professional and to the advantage of the business, I believe collaboration is best when ...
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Lack of scope for growth, what should I say if I'm to resign after one month of joining?

I work as Software Project Manager, I was working in Big company (let's call it X) managing projects with around 10-15 SW developers working on them. I got contacted by a Head Hunter from another ...
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Proper response or reaction when you get something wrong in an interview?

Related question: In an interview when answering a question, should you say if you're not sure? So recently in an interview, I got a question wrong. The interviewer called it out -- it was just ...
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Didn't get enough time to take a coding test - what should I do now?

I got an interview call from a company after a friend referred me for a vacancy in his team. The call was from a team manager and not any HR personnel. One interview for this week, Monday, was ...
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Should I justify my “bad” GPA in my application?

I'm in the last year of my bachelor studies and I'm looking into writing my bachelor thesis at a company (hopefully abroad). Preparing my applications is do struggle a bit about my resume: My ...
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How do I tell my supervisor that he is choosing poor replacements for me while I am on maternity leave?

About at month after telling my supervisor that I was pregnant, I presented him with a list of recommendations for people in my office whom I thought could cover my various roles while I am on ...
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Do I have the right to request more information about a scheduled interview? [duplicate]

I'm going to have an interview a few days from now (phone-based), but I have not given the information about the interview structure which I was supposed to receive via email. I called back the number ...
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LinkedIn invitations from people I don't know

I frequently get invitations on LinkedIn from people whom I don't know. We often have several shared connections, but don't know each other personally. I am more inclined to ignore invitations from ...
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Can my manager threaten me with firing over not collecting enough email addresses?

I work in sales. Every time customer makes a purchase I have to ask if the customer would like an electronic receipt. Most customers do not want it, and as a result I have only taken 10% of email ...
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Dealing with a colleague with strong opinions [closed]

The development department I belong to works closely with a certain expert from the testing department. This particular colleague possesses a unique set of skills for our company (but not in general), ...
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Company threw a surprise party for the CEO, 3 weeks later management says we have to pay for it, do I have to? [closed]

Title says it all. We were not informed beforehand, not even about the party itself and now, 3 weeks later our manager says we have to pitch in with a little more than 5$. I am not upset because it's ...