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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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What can I do about a very loud coworker?

Our office space is pretty tight and there are no cubicles. There is a guy sitting next to me and he is the loudest person I ever met. He is groaning, crackling, puffing, giving loud sighs and ...
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How can I get co-workers to buy into some of my ideas? [duplicate]

I am very new in my workplace and would like to bring up some changes. Most of these changes would bring the environment up to industry standards for this field, software development. How can I go ...
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How should I approach a co-worker on matters of personal hygiene?

It's a rather delicate issue that I had to deal with once or twice in the past, and can't really say I handled it effectively. I'm a bit crude, and socially awkward and would pretty much prefer to ...
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What is appropriate email follow-up etiquette after no response?

Sometimes I send emails and need a response. While not quite as bad as not being able to find denvercoder9, it sometimes happens I get no response. This presents a problem if the request is something ...
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Should I propose a big change as a newcomer?

I have been working in the IT department of a (relatively) small company for 2 months. Recently the boss of another department (who is a former developer) told me that it would be nice if we started ...
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How to proceed when remote boss doesn't answer emails?

My boss and I sit in different remote sites, several thousands of miles apart. We don't see each other often. On several occasions in the last few months, I have sent him emails asking him for ...
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How can I tell people to get to the point?

I've recently come to a work place where people use a lot of useless business lingo and generally inflate communications with long unproductive fluff. I frequently find myself nodding and hoping they ...
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Problems with loud, bossy colleague

I just graduated from college and started in this new company 6 months ago. I have a problem with a colleague at work. He is not well liked by other colleagues in the office. He's loud, bossy and ...
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How to give a polite ultimatum?

I have a job that I've almost always liked. Unfortunately, the past few months I have been assigned to a team of people I just don't get along with. I work with a certain individual, "George", and ...
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Should I give a bigger notice period than what is required of me?

I am a contractor and my current contract ends on May 29. I have been in this position for a total of 3 contracts (including the current one), in contract lengths of 3 months, 3 months, and 6 months, ...
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How to politely ask a coworker to “Google it”

I'm working in a team of 8 consultants just like me. I'm the youngest member of the team and also the one with the least experience (on resume at least). But 4 of the 8 members of the team will often ...
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Does empirical research indicate that salary discussions between coworkers cause problems?

A previous question asked whether or not discussion of salaries should be encouraged. I have a different question, which asks for meaningful research on the subject of whether or not salary ...
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How do you explain to your boss they're wrong without making them feel threatened?

I work in software industry as a developer. My boss sometimes makes small mistakes when assigning tasks or reporting bugs. For example, he recently reported a bug caused by a virus on his computer to ...
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I received a written warning for my performance, how can I save my job?

The Situation I just walked out of a conversation with my boss. The HR person from the head office also joined us via phone. I was served with a written warning 'for consistent disregard of work and ...
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How can I keep myself from overstepping my authority with co-workers?

The other day, my boss approached me in private and had a very surprising talk with me - a talk about how important it is for me and my co-worker to go to him for help, to work together where we can, ...
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How to gain visibility when overloaded with less important tasks?

I am not able to work on tasks that help gain more visibility in the team. I have been working on a large but less important task recently, so my team members are able to do the tasks with higher ...
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Great interview - hiring manager never followed up, should I follow up with a call? [duplicate]

I recently had an interview that I felt went great! It lasted about an hour, I was asked some technical questions and was able to answer them all correctly. We spoke a lot about my previous projects ...
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What digital format to send resume/cover letter in?

In a world where it is equally easy to apply for a job in Asia, Europe, US or most anywhere else, the available software to read documents is likely to vary greatly. Unless specified, what format(s) ...
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How do I tell my boss I quit?

I know it sounds simple, but I'm finding it quite awkward to tell my boss I am leaving for another job. The main reasons for this are: My boss is currently looking for more developers due to heavy ...
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What's the most professional and constructive response to false accusations?

My boss says that I have done something wrong but I didn't and I have no doubt about it. Regardless of context, what's the most professional response or behavior to adapt when one is falsely accused ...
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Should I Just Deal With Interruptions?

I'm a lead developer of a 6 person software team. Among the applications we develop are some that are used for in-house operations. As lead, I'm a resource to the other developers and a liaison to ...
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How do I deal with a reluctance to consult with others?

I have a long history of struggling in the workplace with interaction with others. It's not that I don't know how to communicate effectively with people, but that when faced with a problem that ...
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How to shoo away people who make informal requests at the desk or canteen? [duplicate]

My role involves working with teams across the company, but there is a strong tendency for people to come and chat us up informally in order to get their things done, put pressure and even "blackmail" ...
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How can I sell myself within the office

Currently I am happily working for my boss. My boss told me at my contract extension he was happy with me and was thrilled with the work I did. He told me I do have to work on one thing: ...
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How to deal with “unresponsive” colleagues?

I routinely have to deal with a situation when some of my colleagues do not reply to my chat messages or emails. I can't just ignore them, because I get tasks from them and occasionally need to ...
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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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When sending resume and cover letter in an email, what to put in the email body? [closed]

I would like to send my resume and cover letters in an email to a recruiter officer of an employer. I have both resume and cover letters in pdf. But I am not sure what is to say in the email body. ...
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Not Given Enough Tasks: How to Ask For More Politely [duplicate]

I am a programmer and the way things go in my workplace is people are given modules to work on and every module has a set of tasks. This is just my third month in the company and there are days, even ...
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Are there humorous, less-confrontational ways to negotiate a starting salary?

I really am the type of person who doesn't feel comfortable demanding higher pay. I feel perhaps that others are like me, that they are simply more lenient or compliant. So sometimes you want to push ...
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12answers
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How can I discourage employees from working voluntary overtime?

I run a small company (5 salaried employees). We have recently expanded from 3 to 5 staff, and while we are comfortable financially, there is not much spare money available. However there is a lot of ...
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How to prevent being used as a personal encyclopedia by coworkers?

I happen to be the technical expert in our company, in a relatively niche field we base our products on, so the knowledge I possess is not easily searchable on the open web. Besides development tasks, ...
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How do you tell a friend they are not qualified when asked to recommend them for a job in your company?

An old colleague asked me to recommend him for a job in my company. I'm hesitant because when we worked at the same company, he didn't have the best reputation. He constantly missed deadlines, never ...
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How to correct a CEO's misunderstanding of a project?

A recent StackExchange podcast is a perfect illustration of a common problem. Senior management is aware of a project or department several layers removed. Management may disagree with the value of ...
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My ex-employer is sending emails to customers in my name

I recently resigned and have discovered that my employer has continued to send emails to my clients under my account pretending to be me. I understand it is their company email account, however, it ...
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Breaking the accent barrier in a telephone interview

Recently I attended a phone interview. The interviewer had a very thick (Asian) accent and I could barely understand the questions he was asking. It was a technical round and trying to go by my ear, ...
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How can I get out of a bad job assignment without quitting?

I'm a software developer. Recently, my boss has told me my upcoming project assignment will be doing manual quality assurance on a web site some colleagues are building. I feel that spending 6 months ...
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How to deal with an employee who ignores you

I am having an issue with an employee/former co-worker who is flat out ignoring me. I work in a department in a college and for many years I worked as a student assistant. When I graduated I became a ...
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How to communicate my own working pace?

I've been working as a web developer for almost a year now. Before this I spent 3 years in university on a bachelor degree, which included mostly practical tasks instead of theoretical exams. During ...
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New colleague is a smoker; I can hardly breathe near him

To be explicit: this is my problem. I'm not "blaming" the new guy (actually he's rather nice). That said ... I'm allergic to smoke. When I was younger, I went "out on the town" only once or twice a ...
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I emailed my customer asking multiple questions. Their reply addressed only one. What is the polite way to point this out?

I asked the customer three questions, and they only answered one, as if the others didn't exist. I need answers to all those questions. Frankly, I find it a little rude that they didn't read my email ...
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How can I tell if my shyness is an issue at a workplace?

I find myself to be excessively shy and at times, under-confident. I am unable to network well or express my opinions the way I want to to my bosses. Sometimes, my job (as a researcher) requires me ...
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How do I tell a colleague that I don't want to add him to Facebook?

I consider Facebook to have information that is personal and that I only share with close friends and family. However, in my new workplace I’ve been asked several times for my Facebook username and/or ...
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Balance between quiet workplace and necessary discussion

We are having some strain in the team due to the level of noise in the office. Background: We share a single office with a team of six software developers. We generally have a good team atmosphere, ...
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How can I get my colleagues to stop interrupting me?

I am the youngest and the least experienced member of my team of eight. Everyone else has at least six years' experience. I have been observing that, for a long time now, whenever I try making a ...
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Should we maintain the difference between personal and professional contacts?

I am a newbie in a professional world and hence I have some new friends in my working area including some seniors. So, we are also connected from a social networking site but the issues is I am ...
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How to deal with a bossy, micro-managing co-worker [duplicate]

I'm a web dev (mostly front-end/UX designer), at a small shop of less than 10. I was hired quite quickly as they had projects piling up and the previous person in my position had kind of left them ...
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How to avoid being branded negative for bringing up risks and problems

I work in a unit where communication between different people and teams isn't functioning well. That is a problem in itself. But since, after trying for months, I came to the conclusion I can't change ...
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How do I deal with getting blamed for my coworker's sloppy code?

You may recently have seen my question How do I tell a coworker he's wrong? Well the time has come where I got a long email being blamed for sloppy coding done by said coworker. I'm not a blamer....
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Applying to two positions in the same company

I recently applied for a position in three separate divisions of the same company (goverment organization, actually). The organization is big enough that the respective managers would not know each ...
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How can I ask my boss for training?

I am a software developer and I have worked at this company for over a year. This is my first job. I am the only developer on this project and there is a project manager beside me who doesn't have ...