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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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Resigning employee won't turn over completely / properly

What can I do if the employee I'm replacing refuses (in a discreet way) to turn over knowledge and instead gives it to my would be subordinate? I have been recently promoted earlier this year to ...
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Initial job offer (probation) changed and is different in the contract? I have declined other job offers. Now they have changed my starting date too

Here's my situation: I have had several successful interviews and gotten 3 offers from different companies, and decided to accept an offer from one of them. The thing is this, they had initially ...
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My Coworker gave me one of her responsibilities but is continuing to do the work, and not giving me the information I need to take over

My coworker told me that a bi-annual event this year would be "my baby" - her words. She specifically said that nothing would need to be done until now (November), and would help me through the ...
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What to do when a Senior Employee is adding to the task each week and not letting me complete the ticket?

In my company there is an employee who is senior to me, he has assigned me a task which I am performing currently. This task was assigned to me more than 3 weeks ago, but I am unable to complete it ...
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How to react professionally when a colleague comes to work with a black eye?

A colleague came to work with a black eye. His bruises have nothing to do with work and don't impair him. We are on the same hierarchical level, but work in different teams and on different projects. ...
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Questioning the usefulness of a one-day business trip

Previously this week I've been sent on a one-day business trip along with a 4y senior colleague, Bob. We work at a consultancy firm in IT and the aim of the trip was fixing some issues at our client's ...
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HR ghosted after sending verbal offer [duplicate]

I received an offer through email, detailing my start-date, salary etc. I replied back positively saying I was flattered to have received the offer, and I followed up with a question about relocation ...
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Am I coming across as rude in my written (email) communication?

I'm currently searching for a new job. Over the past two weeks, I've had three seperate companies make first contact with me via email, asking me to have an initial talk/interview, and to let them ...
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Have I blown my internship offer?

I received a congratulatory email (not a contract) for an internship, specifying the date, salary, etc, and asked if they want me to "get the paperwork raised". I sent back saying, "sounds great!", ...
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How should I ask for an increment in my salary, when the owner of the company is my friend?

I have been working in a Software House of my friend for the past 3 years and still working there. Everything is fine and job is also amazing but there is one problem, I have worked there for 3 years ...
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How to stall an internship offer?

So I've been applying for internships and I've received an offer from company_x. They've basically said, "if you're happy with it, let me know and I’ll get the paperwork raised". Thing is, I have a ...
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Internship: Should I Ask For Relocation Compensation

I've carefully worded my request as such: "As you know, I'm based in X and moving to Y for 3 months would entail non-trivial relocations costs. I was just wondering if I could have some information ...
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How to get people to use proper grammar when writing tasks

I'm a software developer at a large company with thousands of employees across the globe. Lately, I've run into an issue where a lot of Defects and User Stories are written with extremely poor grammar ...
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Should I Inform or ask for Approval when coming office one hour late? [closed]

Do you usually ask for approval or just inform manager if you are going to be late on a certain day to office? I joined new company and sent email to my manager that I will be one hour late as I ...
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I submitted a good feedback about a co-worker, should I tell them or not?

I am guessing the answer here would be both cultural and professional approach. But here is the issue: I am in USA with a big company (~400 employees). Annually, we get performance reviews from the ...
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How to make agreements on code base with co-worker when having different opinions

I am working as a frontend developer and had a new colleague joining my team. He is more experienced than me but I have more knowledge about the application we are working on. So we are doing the ...
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Not hearing from employer about a project, which should start today

I said yes to a small project a few weeks back, as a contractor. This was a verbal agreement as the contract would be signed today. I have email communication confirming my rates. I 've done many ...
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Email sent to 3 colleagues addressing office gossip and was cc to HR and another senior official [closed]

I received an email regarding office gossip which was cc to the head of the department. When I emailed my boss for clarification she did not respond. After some research and in person conversation ...
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Dealing with non-existent telephone policy

I'm in a new job at an university. I sit with three other colleagues in a room. The office location is new as well as the team composition. We recently got phones. The other three team members have ...
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Resigning from job [duplicate]

Hi there just need advice. I'm just wondering do I have to tell my boss that I'm leaving before I hand in my resignation?. Or can I just give my resignation with 3weeks notice?.
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How to talk to boss about salary and bonus? [duplicate]

My sister has been working for this pharmaceutical company in India for over a year. While she joined last year, they promised her a raise at the six months mark but they didn't keep the promise. She ...
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How can I ask my current employer to keep me on part time?

How can I ask my current employer to keep me as a part time employee? I really like the job and it's an incredible learning experience. I'm 25 years old and have been employed their for about 8 months....
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Contacting a sick employee to ask for confirmation on an event

I am interested in whether (and if yes, how?) you would go about contacting an employee on sick leave in this very specific situation: There are three people involved: CEO Carl, Manager Mike and ...
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How can I approach my company after being made redundant, when contract mentions that they will do their best to find a new employer?

My contract mentions that my employer will do their best to find a 'new employer' (in particular their partner companies) if I were to be made redundant. I have found out today that I have been made ...
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How to indirectly call out the sales team for not following leads as was agreed upon?

I'm a system engineer but went to an exhibition abroad with the CEO and COO as I'm the only one speaking fluent English. After returning we had a meeting together with the sales team (2 people ...
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“Past Employer” Wants Source Code

I recently resigned from a software developer "position". The biggest reason I left is it seems we both don't have a leg stand on. There was never anything signed by me or the employer showing that I ...
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How do I tell my manager that I'm not the right person to finish this project?

I have been working on a project for several months. For the last several weeks, I have constantly been feeling as if I were about one bug away from having it finished. Each fix reveals one new issue ...
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Should I go to my boss about a disrespectful coworker? [closed]

I’m looking for advice on what to do about a coworker who has been treating me unprofessionally and is not responding to feedback that the way he communicates is not workplace-appropriate. This is ...
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How should I tell a customer about typographic mistakes?

I am working at a company which sends millions of SMS for all sorts of customers. Many banks are among them. For some customers, we have stored message templates in our database. Every once in a while,...
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How to politely say to client that a project is outside my scope of work?

I accepted a "full-time" freelance gig. Its freelance since its only 6 months and its remote and no need to go to the office. But I'm the only one who's gonna do their designs. They asked me for my ...
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Extreme background check lag and when to start looking for another job

I have recently accepted an offer for employment from a company. I've signed the initial agreement that stipulates time in the office as well as salary. Unfortunately, it has been over 3 weeks (almost ...
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Didn't show up for a research presentation and research mentor is livid, what do I do?

Context: I am a nineteen-year-old sophomore at a small college who is studying science. The summer of my freshman year, I did a few months of research for a research mentor who works as a professor at ...
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My manager sent me meeting notes after our meeting [closed]

My manager sent me meetings notes after I complained about something. Nothing specific in the notes apart from areas I and the team need to improve on, and some notes about past mistakes (some of them ...
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How to deal with coworker constantly sucking snot in the workplace [duplicate]

A coworker of mine has been under the weather for a few weeks now and has developed the habit of loudly sucking his nose every minute or so. It has caused everyone sitting within 20 feet of him to ...
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I am a personal assistant for a blind person and not sure how to deal with this problem [closed]

I work as a personal assistant for an older blind person, I will call her KK. This is a new job for me. She is very extroverted and has a lot of friends. The thing is that her male friends are all ...
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What are good strategies for working with an unreliable manager?

I currently work as a software developer in an big accountancy/consultancy company. I have been here for about 10 months. I have some troubles with my manager. He is a nice and likable person, but he ...
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Innocent Gifs from Inappropriate Sources [closed]

The tense of verbs may be obfuscated and my point of view in the post does not necessarily represent my actual role. The team culture I am a part of is quite relaxed and lots of communication ...
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How can I correctly inform client that their project cannot be completed due to missing information?

I work for a software company. A company hired us to patch some functionality on an existing system. After a few meetings, we agreed that we would need information about the current system, as well ...
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Ask for appraisal

I have been working in a small company for almost 2 years, but it seems that I still could not request for any appraisal from my direct manager. So how should I go about that? Is it this company got ...
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Getting calls from a colleague on off day? [closed]

Right now, I am getting calls from a senior co-worker. And I don't feel like picking up the phone. I am afraid he is gonna ask me to go to workplace to do some work(it has happened before) I am ...
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How should I talk to my boss about being bored due to lack of assignments?

I'm a developer and I've been employed as a consultant (for the first time) for roughly two months now, and in that time I've only gotten one assignment. A quite basic inhouse assignment that clocks ...
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Is it misleading to ask a former co-worker if his company is hiring?

So I asked a former coworker if his current company had any intention of hiring just because I am interesting in working in that particular industry, but not for that particular company? Is this ...
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Driving the skype meetings, speaking effectively in skype meetings [closed]

I am a decent speaker but in a Skype conference call, I often stay quiet. Also when there are meetings with upper management I remain quiet. What are some of the good tips to speak in Skype meetings, ...
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Accidentally told recruiter wrong information - Should I correct it and make myself look bad?

I'm a junior software developer, only a couple of years out of college. I had a conversation today with a recruiter from a recruiting agency, and he asked me which version of Angular I use. I only ...
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Is it ok to ask colleagues about health situations in his family?

One of my colleagues told me that one of his family members is having health problems. The last few days he has been very sad, so I wanted to ask him if everything is okay or not. In the country where ...
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Should I highlight mistakes in an email [closed]

I work in France for a multinational company, in a worldwide department. A new hire joined the team, so an announcement has been issued (pdf, to print and display in our offices around the world), ...
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How to stop overthinking emails and messages [closed]

I discover that a big chunk of my time goes to composing a small number of emails or direct messages. I always overthink the message and try to balance it not to feel too bossy and cold, and also ...
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Can you be disciplined for how a work colleague interprets your communication to them? [closed]

I have an incident in my workplace whereby a colleague has made a comment to my line manager that they found something I said strange and they could not understand why I asked the question in front of ...
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How can I let my boss know I currently put out the effort for a different job title/salary level? [duplicate]

tl;dr I work my ass off at work and my boss sees I'm driven and appreciates it. How can I ask for a title that will get me from 60k a year to 100k a year (AVP, Principal Systems Architect, ect) while ...
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How to handle a customer who has my personal number

I have a customer who somehow got my personal number instead of my work phone line. Since this individual has my number they believe that the office hours no longer apply to them. This person has been ...