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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Bad reaction to inputs

How to behave if your superiors react badly to your every word? I mean situations when specific, job-related topics are being discussed and you bring up an idea in the context of this discussion. The ...
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Office maintainence without prior information

I work at a small 7-8 year “start-up” company. I have to work every weekend and some holidays. Sometimes random people will come during the weekend to perform maintenance. That means there’s a ...
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I will be resigning due to an inability to finish my work, how to prevent in the future? [closed]

I have a number of projects that I am unable to finish on time. I will not be able to catch up, because I do not have the energy/focus to work more hours than I already do. Everyone at work is ...
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Are Use Cases real projects or just examples?

When looking through the portfolio / references of some companies, I sometimes notice the term Use Cases being used to describe projects. Judging by the way these use cases are written, i.e. the tools ...
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How can I train a replacement without letting my bosses and the replacement know?

I am networking to change jobs. I want to train a replacement at my current job. I have identified the person. I need to have more one-on-one time with that coworker, but it is challenging to arrange. ...
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What does it mean if the upper boss gives me tasks, though I am not directly under him?

I'm working at a university as a software developer and I've developed some systems in free time (because of stuff that annoyed me). The boss of the faculty of computer science and me came into ...
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How to deal with a colleague who is loud and distracting through no fault of his own? [duplicate]

I have a colleague who loudly slaps his bare skin pretty much constantly and regularly makes loud, bizarre noises. I believe this is something to do with OCD, and it wasn't a problem until recently, ...
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How to deal with not getting updates on a task from colleagues?

I often deal with colleagues (who are not in working in the same place), who promise to deal with some task (they have to fix something, install something, etc), but the promised deadline comes and ...
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Should I ask for a raise for myself AND another manager?

Small Business of 40 employees. I am #2 person in charge (under the owner). I was given a raise a year an a half ago of 10%, however, the owner asked that I would not ask for another raise for 2 years....
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How to professionally tell someone to send better emails or use Slack?

There's a remote based colleague who has one of the worst email etiquette I've ever seen. He frequently initiates emails with all the text (usually 100-150 characters) in the subject. In email chains, ...
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How to gradually decrease my involvement at a project for our client?

I am a senior lead developer at a project for one of our clients at a financial institution. In the foreseeable future, I am going to be removed from this project to work for a different client. This ...
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What advice should I give a coworker dealing with a conservative team lead?

A coworker complained to me that his attempts at providing better, or unorthodox (compared to existing) solutions in his work are being cut short by his team leader. The manager in question is new ...
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Improving software when the author can see no need for improvement

I have a coworker who has been practically the sole contributor on a service for a number of years. For the most part, he does an above-average job. It works fairly reliably, it is thoroughly tested, ...
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Coworker yells at subordinates, its not okay, why does she get away with it?

My coworker often throws tantrums when she is frustrated with team members on projects she manages. They have no choice but to endure it because they need to be utilized on projects to look good on ...
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Erratic behavior by an internal employee against an external employee

Background I recently started to work for a company A few months ago that leases and sends employees to work as externs at other companies, say Company B. While writing End to End Smoke tests ...
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How do I deal with a senior member who's irritated answering my questions even though it is the first time that I'm asking him about those?

I've been in the team for a couple of years and about a year back, our team absorbed the responsibilities from another team which consisted of senior/very technical people. For this process, there ...
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My task was reassigned to an intern, from my superior who is on vacation

I am working part-time in a small team, where my task is relatively isolated from the others' work. My supervisor is currently on vacation. At the beginning of this month, an intern started working ...
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Colleagues speaking another language and it impacts work

I am aware of the following questions, but feel like they don't apply completely here because of the meeting issue (point 2 below): Everyone at work except me speaks another language How to deal ...
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How to improve quality on reports that clients don't read?

My co-workers think that because our clients don't read our technical reports, we don't need to do high quality work (i.e. spend time revising, correct spelling, proper formatting, grammar, etc. ). ...
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How to convince the leadership into taking designer decision with the designer

The problem: Me and my teammates (medium level developers) are constantly rewriting interfaces, because leadership is not involving the company designer when making decisions about the UX. They are ...
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Not been paid even after reminding the Treasurer; what should I do?

I am an independent contractor for a non-profit. I usually send my invoice to the president who ensures she pays me within a week of sending the invoice. This responsibility was moved to the Treasurer ...
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How to deal with coworkers forcing themselves into every conversation?

I work in a team (~10) who follows Scrum, so we have daily stand ups and other scrum meetings. I have this coworker who is a senior. This coworker is from a different department but we all work very ...
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Am I entitled to ask my boss about rumours of my transfer?

I'm working at a rather large company with some relatively intricate politics. I have been here for under a year. My manager as well as others I have worked with have expressed that they are extremely ...
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Who is responsible for finding cover for my shift while I'm on holiday? how many days notice must I give for a one-day holiday? [closed]

I work in a factory toolroom. I booked a one-day holiday exactly one week in advance. this has caused offence to my supervisor. saying I have not given enough notice and also I haven't spoken to the ...
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Manager giving feedback based on hearsay; how should I proceed?

I've just recently started a new job, and my direct manager is also quite new in a management role. During my first/last review, he stated I needed to work on my soft skills and was not enough of a "...
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Is it okay for me to decline a project on ethical grounds?

I work for a big digital marketing agency as a Web Analyst. One of our clients is a sports betting website. In a recent meeting they asked us to help with a new strategy. It basically involves re-...
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How can I ask my manager how to timecharge a work-related “fun” event?

I'm an intern at a large company, and they sent an email to all of the interns with free tickets to a baseball game this coming week. The tickets are free of charge, but we have to pay for our own ...
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How to handle former teammates (at same company) regulary asking for meetings with little to no context?

A few months ago, I moved teams within my company. I need to keep supporting some things I created for the old team, with no definite end date. That team has an expectation that anyone on the team can ...
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What are some approaches to networking with colleagues in different teams? [closed]

I am currently dealing with trust issues concerning my interpersonal skills. I unintentionally ruined the strong relationship with my manager at the office. My senior is aiming for a higher position ...
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Should I tip my salesperson about the managers on the client side starting to dislike them?

I currently work for a consulting firm (A), who sell my services to a big client (B) whose office I'm spending my work-time at. Effectively, I'm always at the client office and almost never see the ...
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Is this fair to ask or say hi hello to CEO? [closed]

Actually I am working in Multi-National company. Our head office is in another city and we are few members team in another city. All our upper management is not in our city. I am hired by company ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...