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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 can you fix someone else's work without seeming pretentious, mean, or arrogant?

I joined up at a place a few months ago as a web developer. They hired me thinking I was "green" to the industry, placing me as a junior developer, and giving me menial tasks at first. I've since ...
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Are there consequences to rejecting a job offer from my current employer that I felt was unfair? [closed]

I work for a pretty large company, and without going into specifics I do have what you would call an "entry-level" job. However, my job requires months of education (provided by my employer), and you ...
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Improving social interaction at work [closed]

I'm working in a small team of developers and often it's very quiet. While that's a plus, it is sometimes a bit awkward if nobody talks for almost the whole day. It feels like you go to work, program ...
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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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Manager who insists on too many calls/meetings [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the appropriate way to deal with “meeting overload?” My colleague is placed with a problem with reporting manager. The manager wants to spend too much ...
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How to win the next promotion - company in flux, short on experience, high on ability?

This is an example but say I work in a big company. Say we got a new CEO with proven leadership abilities who is introducing big changes. As those changes are coming along and the company is getting ...
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How can I improve (informal) communication between teams?

I have worked as a software developer in several companies where work was distributed among multiple teams, each working different (though sometimes related) projects. Because of this, there is ...
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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 should I initiate communication with a prospective employer/interviewer?

I met an employee from a company who's placements I will sit for in the next year. He, along with 2 of his colleagues had come to university to monitor that company's student program of which me and 4 ...
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Being nice only around the boss, does it benefit the team? [duplicate]

Before I ask my actual question, let me introduce our company structure in few lines: I work on a project that's completely agile in development. We are a team of 6 and we have 5 such teams in our ...
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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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What is a good short term way to improve my understanding of organization behavior?

I am a programmer by trade, but in a role that involves training and supporting clients at the moment. I consider myself pretty good in this role. For the most part I have the respect of my bosses, ...
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Is there an accepted etiquette towards return receipt emails?

Whenever I receive an email with a return receipt request, I feel somewhat slighted, like they don't trust that I will act on the email and want proof that I read it. Is there any accepted etiquette ...
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How to handle false allegations of my behavior and continue performing my job

My question comes from this personal situation: I have to communicate with a third party logistics company on a daily basis. After a routine communication with this company, I was called into a ...
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How do I give someone realistic expectations when I am doing a project for free?

I volunteered to produce an app for a non-profit for free. Before beginning the project, I researched already existing solutions. I am in the process of writing an email to summarise my findings. One ...
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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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What can I do when other workers refuse to communicate?

I've been an outside consultant for many years. There have been many times when particular people did not reply to emails. Over time, I've learned to keep my emails short and on topic, and I know I ...
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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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Why not always feel confident enough to speak and share my views in workplace [closed]

Some times I come across strange problem which is I didn't feel comfortable enough to speak with persons in my colony or my workplace. At that time I feel feared and even views to share or words didn'...
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How to deal with the new boss's power-tripping sidekick [closed]

I'm a software developer in a small company. Recently the company hired a new department head after the previous one resigned. Thereafter the new department head hired his friend/colleague from his ...
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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 can I deal with two supervisors with conflicting requirements?

I am a software developer. I was under training period and I was evaluated by my two seniors. Whenever they used to give me any application it was both of them who were reviewing my application. ...
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How does one change someones perception of being defensive?

I work at a fairly large software company, and was informed recently, that one of my superiors thought I was defensive. Now this is a man I admire, and have a lot of respect for, and with who, I've ...
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Does it hurt me to use smiley faces in correspondence with potential employers?

I find myself constantly using text smiley faces when typing messages to other people. It doesn't matter if I am writing something casual like a facebook message, or something serious like replying to ...
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Recommended software for centralizing IT documentation [closed]

I've been promoted in my company's IT department, we have 3 developers, a DBA and a Sys Admin. and one of the first major projects I want to tackle is updating how we manage our department's ...
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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 diplomatically say that something cannot technically be done?

I'm working on the tech side of a company, and the business side sometimes asks for things that cannot be done. Yet, I never want to say "XYZ is impossible". Maybe it's possible but it would take 20 ...
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What are some good seminar topics that can be used to improve designer&developer communication?

I'm development team leader in a internet service company that provides service that's very similar to dropbox. In our company we have mainly two divisions: the tech division and the designers ...
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How to handle an internal job clarification meeting that turned into an interview

I work for a company where it is the general practice when an requisition opens for a position, you contact the hiring manager for details about the jobs, especially if you aren't familiar with the ...
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How soon after should I follow up on a missed deadline?

If someone working on a document tells me he will email it to me tomorrow, and that I will have it by 10:00, how long after the deadline should I wait to follow up? I feel that emailing (or worse, ...
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Responding to emails with CC recipients

If I get an email from a head manager in the company, and other managers are referenced in the CC section, should I respond to everyone? Or do I add those other emails in the BCC/CC spots too?
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How to improve non-verbal communication in the workplace

I want to greatly improve my non-verbal communication in my workplace. From Wikipedia: "Speech contains nonverbal elements known as paralanguage, including voice quality, rate, pitch, volume, and ...
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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 should I communicate technical changes to a non-technical manager?

I maintain software A, B, C and database D and E. Database D and E are used internally by software A, B and C. I am often get asked by my manager to put xyz functionality in software A/B/C. She does ...
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Automatically measure effectiveness of communication in a virtual office?

I've seen articles on passively measuring and optimizing professional communication that appear to lead me to believe that such systems are both of value, and that people are okay with them being in ...
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How do I help a non-technical boss understand my work?

My boss is a journalist, and I am a web developer. He thinks I am late on the project, and he doesn't appreciate the effort I have spent. He wants quick and complete service. He is not easy to ...
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What are some good resources for improving communication skills?

I am not as good at communicating with others as I'd like to be. I'm sure many other software geeks and introverts have some difficulty here. Are there any good resources out there? Either blogs or ...
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How can I talk to my boss one-on-one with confidence?

I am quite confident at work and with the work I do, and have a good relationship with my boss in the office. But when it comes to one-on-one meetings in which I present my plans and strategies for ...
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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 do I take from a “demotion” that doesn't change my title or pay?

After getting a customer complaint (the only one I had in two and a half years), I was promptly "demoted." The upper management kept referring to it as a "demotion" and it kind of was since they were ...
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How do you criticize/give feedback someone's work without demotivating them?

How do you criticize/give feedback someone's work without demotivating them? If you need to review someone's work, how do you prevent demotivating them when they did a bad job?
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How could I maintain a flex agreement when my boss moves on?

When I hired with the company I'm with right now, I negotiated a flex agreement, saying that every other Friday I'd have off. I have the email in which that was agreed to, and everybody's been happy ...