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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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How to communicate that I don't think I'm the right person for a task?

I'm in Week 2 of a new job at a new company, and my boss is asking that I (and another team member who's been with the company for a year) assemble documentation outlining the company's many disparate ...
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How to communicate effectively with a CTO (Lead Engineer) who is often absent?

Situation I'm a PM (Product Manager) currently working in a small startup (15 people) where we have about three developers, one of whom is the CTO (call him Bob). Bob drives the technical aspect of ...
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How do I deal with my insecurity about hiring an employee that outputs work faster than me? [closed]

I work in the Programming industry. I hired a guy to work with me. He was older although had a great resume and I couldn't understand why he was unemployed for so long. He explained later that he ...
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Soliciting donation/pledges from coworkers using work email?

I'm participating in a "Polar Bear Plunge", which is a yearly fundraiser for the Cancer Society where teams and individuals raise money in order to jump into a frozen body of water. I have been ...
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How to combat appeals to authority that have no facts

I have an issue where my project leader is making ipse dixit statements (meaning [it's true because] he said it himself). It takes time to verify whether his statements are true or not (usually untrue)...
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How do I point out, in a professional manner, that someone in an email chain asking for response from the wrong party?

R&D sent MIS an email, MIS sent a followup email to HR asking for a response. HR responded and asked finance for a response. Everyone is added into the email thread cumulatively. R&D ...
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How to ask colleagues to stop using excessive formatting in emails?

I work as a contractor for a few different agencies and as such receive lots of instructions by email. Some emails are extremely stylized and formatted, containing things like red text, bold and ...
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How can I get better at checking my work? [closed]

The work that I do involves a lot of thought, numbers, and time. There is pressure to work on as much and as fast as possible, but also to make sure that our answers are accurate; accuracy most ...
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Professional Etiquette for asking if a connection is interested in a job?

A few months ago, I had a few questions about possible career paths within my industry. One of my acquaintances put me in touch with one of his connections (I'll call him Joe), who is an expert in the ...
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How to effectively change a boss's mindset on technology choices when I will be the one building a project?

You can skip straight to the Conclusion if you don't wish to read the Background and Problem Details Note: I do work remotely, which does present it's own challenges for communication. Quick ...
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I am a social person and am having issues handling the lack of social interaction from co-workers

I've been at my current job for a few months now, and the lack of conversation is starting to really bother me. Besides me, there are four other employees, and we all sit in the same open office area....
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As an employee, would it be inappropriate to suggest the acquisiton of better equipment?

First of all, let me explain my point: I work as the sole code developer at a small tech company. Since some months ago we have been working with lots and lots of data analysis, which is getting ...
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How to request colleague assistance for on call support during manager vacation?

I recently joined the information security team at my employer about a month ago. Just this week, I started to participate in off hours on-call support as security must be available on a continuous ...
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Am I interrupting a conversation in chat rooms like gitter.im or slack?

Ever since I started using group chat rooms like gitter.im and slack, I started to feel like I am interrupting an conversation. Slack is used in the company I work for, which means it is considered ...
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How to thank an employee for working extra hours without making him feel pressured

I am a manager of a software developer who has been working late nights to complete a project in time for a deadline. He is a salaried employee so he does not get paid overtime. I am very thankful ...
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How to ask to work from home without mentioning an awkward health condition?

I am current working at a small start-up as an IT Support. The current policy is that you can work from home as long as you have legit reasons. Then usually most of the team managers won't mind. ...
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Not being given enough information to do task

I work for a staffing/marketing agency as a contractor (I actually work for several but this question focuses on one in specific). I have never met any of the people I work with in person, only ...
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Struggling to Set Up a Lab [closed]

When I started my new job, the first thing I needed to do what test a sensor made by a contractor. I needed a space to do so. I have had face to face discussions with my boss, his coworkers, and the ...
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Is there etiquitte for meeting scheduling polls (time from poll to decision)?

Question How long does a person sending out a poll to pick a meeting time have to make a decision on when the meeting will be? Details USA. Large organization with multiple teams, groups, etc. When ...
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Reject many meeting invitations without upsetting the senders

[I found several questions to reject meetings in special situations, but not a general one. So I'm asking this.] I'm infected with meeting overload. Meetings often take up 80% of my weekly working ...
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How to exclude a colleague from a meeting politely?

I'm hosting a meeting and the topic concerns a lot of people in our team but I want to keep it focused and invite only several people as a kickoff. I don't want to invite one specific colleague ...
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How to avoid to give written “Peer Feedback” to a senior colleague who I believe is sabotaging me

Note: I am Junior to this guy, and he has the power to decide over my future in the company at least partly. This takes place in Germany. The company I am working at encourages peer reviews which are ...
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How to assist non - technical end users communicate effectively and concisely during incident response?

As a member of the Information Security team at my workplace, triaging, researching, and escalating if necessary of SIEM / IDS alerts is one of my job duties. I work at central company headquarters ...
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Supervisor seldom responds to my emails

My old supervisor retired and this lady, who has previously ignored many of my emails, is my new supervisor. I work remotely and usually with most co-workers I do get replies. For example, when I ...
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Are outbursts of emotions inadmissible? [closed]

I have joined a software company in a QA team in Estonia. The HR told me the company has a flat hierarchy. I found my team lead arrogant and rude. I politely asked him not to talk with me like that, ...
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My colleague works in an area with high security, yet he lacks the maturity and knowledge to be there

I work with the government. Sometimes we work with sensitive private data to find clues about tax crimes. Now there is this one new colleague of mine who is too nosey, he is looking into data that ...
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Speaking to upper management without hesitation [closed]

I have been in industry for the last 4 years. First, let me be direct. I am unable to speak clearly with upper management. Often I get very nervous while speaking to somebody who is very senior to me....
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Can I file a complaint with HR against a coworker’s promotion? [closed]

I work as a Senior Software Engineer on my team, and I have a coworker who was recently promoted to the same level, but she has nowhere near the qualifications for the position, she lies regularly, ...
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My boss hasn't called me in to work in a week even though he said he would, what should I do?

I recently got a job at a coffee shop. I've worked 5 shifts in two weeks and my boss seemed to like me. He said my first paycheck would come in next week (this week) last Wednesday which was my last ...
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Based on the circumstances, should I continue to maintain contact with colleagues of a former place of employment? [closed]

I did some contract work for a distributed team that looked and felt like it was one of those organizations I have dreamed could and should exist where engineers come together for certain tasks ...
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How to follow up on late salary

I am not of religion that celebrate Christmas but I was told I will be paid on Christmas Eve as other for paid a week before or Christmas but it’s passed Christmas. How do I approach it as to my boss ...
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Boss thinks less of me because I smoke

There is a break room where all employees have their lunch/break. It has a smoking area. I am a smoker and I usually take my smoking breaks in that place. My boss's boss, call him BigBoss, is an old ...
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Should I apologize for being indifferent?

A few days ago I was called for a spontaneous one on one meeting with my highest tier boss. I had only spoken to him once during my time working there. I perceive him as a very friendly person. As he ...
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How can I suggest a better process without becoming “the guy who does this process”?

I am a junior-ish programmer. I've noticed some problems lately that I think could be solved by having a Continuous Integration server (CI). I plan to go to my manager in the near future and say ...
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How do I move forward after a misunderstanding at our year end function?

Last night we had our year end function at a local restaurant where a couple of tables were arranged to form one big square table. At one stage a colleague who was sitting next to me moved a few ...
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Handling no response from team members

I work in a chemical company in R&D department and participate in a project developing a new application for us as a subject matter expert, the project is led by IT. There will be a face to face ...
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Using third-party recruiter as middle man for communications?

I'm scheduled to go in for an interview at Company X (a software development startup). I found out about the position through a third-party recruiting agency, specifically from a recruiter who I'll ...
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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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Festive Email To Close Colleagues

First off, I've had a good year at work. I've learnt a lot and progressed in my profession which I attribute to the help of certain people I work with. I'm your standard introvert type so my idea was ...
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How to ask co-worker to let me work?

As most people, I am not productive 100% of the time I spend at the office, but I try to keep my procrastination time to the minimum (preparing tea, going to the bathroom, answering my messages) and ...
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I unintentionally hurt a co-worker's feelings. I said I was sorry but she won't discuss it [closed]

Someone who I consider a friend at work, who I've known for 4 years, sent a text to my work phone saying she needed a friend to talk to. She went into some detail, I got the feeling it was regarding ...
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Switching teams because current manager doesn't care about my work?

Context: Until a few years ago, I worked for A. A worked and still works for B. I was then moved directly under B for some technical reason (product ownership), but that reason has gone long since. I ...
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Schedule Change

I interviewed with a company under the premise that my schedule would be Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. However, they sent out official schedules yesterday and my schedule was set as Tuesday-Saturday 2pm-11pm ...
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I recently handed my notice in and they are not paying expenses

I handed my notice in on Monday effective immediately at my current employer as the job was not as described at interview stage. Rightly or wrongly I have withheld on handed my phone and laptop back ...
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How to avoid being labelled as paranoid when sharing concerns?

There are times when it's clear that a situation is going in the wrong direction: a manager trying to undermine another an employee being indirectly demoted budgets being cut for profitable projects ...
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How can I tactfully express that a co-worker is very wordy?

I'm writing a review for a co-worker. This co-worker's weakness is they tend to over-explain problems and use a lot of words when few are required. Although they want to provide full context and lots ...
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How common is it for recruiters to ghost candidates after verbal offer? [duplicate]

I received an email saying that the company in question wanted to make me an offer. I replied back in positive terms and said that I would need to look at the contract. Almost a month has passed and ...
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Coworker making annoying and teasing comments. How to resolve it informally?

I am a developer and I have a coworker X who is not, but belongs to the same department and is part of my SCRUM team. Coworker X's desk happens to be right by the front door. The way his cube is ...
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How to deal with indirect comments?

I work on a team of 23 people, and am still considered a junior in my field. I have been employed with my company for going on two years and over the last couple months have noticed that most ...
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Ways to respond when HR says your market salary range research isn't correct?

I'm negotiating a raise at my job (entry-level job; I've been at the company for 1+ years). For a lot of reasons (primarily my skill set, accomplishments, & performance), I believe that I'm ...