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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If I get blamed for a delay I didn't contribute to, how can I defend myself? [duplicate]

I am a new manager and performance appraisals are coming up. Although in general I am regarded as above standards (I was promoted for being the top employee of the year) I am aware that some of my ...
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How should I deal with a situation where 90% of my suggestions are ignored or rejected?

I work for a mid-size company and have been there for more than a year. I am part of two teams (TeamA and TeamB). TeamA has 15 members (14 teammates and 1 manager) and TeamB has 3 members (2 ...
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How can I deal with stage fright in business settings?

The highest rating answers to similar questions over at music.SE recommend that to overcome stage fright, you should master your recital to perfection (here and here). I find that in workplace ...
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Should you CC a colleague on a Letter of Recommendation?

One of my colleagues has been absolutely hitting the ball out of the park with this project and I want to write a Letter of Recommendation to his manager. I'm trying to decide whether or not to CC ...
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How can I stop a flirting co-worker without damaging our professional relationship?

There is a co-worker that is being way overly friendly with me. Nothing that would really be deemed unprofessional, and I am not offended in any way, but it is just that little notch beyond what a ...
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How to diplomatically approach not receiving credit for help given?

Long story short - I work for company ABC as a consultant. ABC has a contract with XYZ, where I'm basically staff-augmented in a year-long engagement, alongside another junior dev. He's smart but ...
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How should a superior react when a subordinate complains to senior management about him?

An employee I am managing sent an e-mail to senior management claiming that my expectations are too high, I am assigning too much work for his skill level, and that I am too strict about workplace ...
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Citing “company culture” as a reason for leaving in a company of 3 [duplicate]

I've decided to leave a start-up after a few months of employment because the boss has poor interpersonal skills, is disrespectful on a daily basis, and turns simple situations into stressful events. ...
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Freelance Conflict of Interest

I am a consultant hired by agents who bid for contracts. I only have about three agents, but they routinely ask me to price out my work or say, "Hey, I'm making this bid, would you do this for $_?" ...
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How can I repair my relationship with my manager?

I have been a valuable member of my team. My peers know it and my team knows it. I spend 30% of my time daily working from home. (Due to personal commitments) I am a part of a company which frowns on ...
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How to handle complaints and suggestion as a middle man?

Right now I'm working in a multinational company, basically the company headquarter located in japan for sales and branch company is located in southeast asia for development. Right now I'm acting as ...
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When starting a job, moved to a different role than I applied for

I am 22 years old and I started full time at a company in Boston (500+ employees) late September this year after doing two internships for them in the past. I know everybody and I am on good terms ...
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How can I stay focused and enjoy work when I am the only member on a team?

I am working solely on a project since few weeks, and there is no one currently in my team. I don't have any problems regards to work, and i have no competition or challenge too. I directly ...
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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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No work assignment nor communication from boss [closed]

I have been working for this company for 18 months now. At the beginning, the job was very good. But as time passed business began to slow down. Currently the business is at an all time low. The ...
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How can I improve at telephone interviews?

I've noticed a pattern while I have been looking for a new job, I am terrible at telephone interviews. The feedback I get is almost always negative: that I don't sound passionate or that I come ...
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What are some effective strategies in implementing a new technical request protocol throughout a large and diverse company?

I am trying to institute a technical request protocol throughout my very large and diverse company. The problem is, this protocol has existed for years, yet it has never been implemented effectively, ...
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How to handle a situation where my meeting deadlines is delayed by someone superior to me?

I am in a management position where my role is to coordinate and assemble the first hand manual research and analysis of raw data by junior business analysts, which I have to give to my direct ...
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How to work with some who has a dramatically different pace of work?

I have always worked on projects where each employee, for the most part, works on their own. I am accustomed to my own pace, which happens to be slightly slower than the average worker but nonetheless,...
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How do I deal with a high manager that is pushy with deadlines?

I have a boss with extremely outdated software experience. He says it has been around 20+ years since he last did any development. When I give an estimate that he feels is taking too long, he ...
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Did our instructor cross the line by complaining about our evaluations of him and what to do? [closed]

I was in a job-training course, where my company flew in an instructor from another company. It was a compressed course. Afterwards, all of us evaluated the instructor online(about 15 students). ...
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How to deal with manager who thinks that I'm threatening him

So there is this guy, who was working with me and recently was promoted to be a manager of our team. I have never had any problems with management, because I just do my job as well as I can. I don't ...
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How to win over jealous subordinate who is mocking me after my promotion?

I was promoted to manage my team a couple of months ago. While it was a stressful learning experience in itself, I enjoyed it and most of my team accepted me and appreciated my leadership - except for ...
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How to own up to a mistake I couldn't entirely avoid?

I know that taking full responsibility for one's mistakes is considered the best policy, but I am in a situation where I feel that doing so would not be entirely accurate. About a year ago, I was ...
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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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Tips for being on time to work [closed]

I ended a job where I had trouble arriving arriving on time. I don't own a vehicle and rely on the buses. This job was in a different city than I'm used to and the buses really are bad. I feel this is ...
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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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How to ask for specifics in a negative part of performance review with very defensive boss [closed]

I had trouble having open conversations with my former boss because he was defensive and took disagreement as a threat. He did two performance reviews with me and my problems between the two were very ...
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Coworker CCs boss on trivial email correspondence

I have a coworker who has a habit of CCing our common boss on nearly all email correspondence. The boss is hands-on enough to know what we are talking about but he is also cool and practical enough ...
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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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Asking for a personal reference

I intend to ask someone higher up the corporate chain for a personal reference. They have previously spoken very highly of me but I am not directly affiliated with them or their department. I am ...
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How should I handle a situation where my Manager thinks I was offensive?

Consider the case: 1) On a mailing list a question got asked by manager @Alice "why is this Blah Blah not shown in upcoming list on homepage" 2) I replied with following: Because the way Data ...
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My company was recently acquired, how do I tell them I willing to relocate

My current company has been acquired by another company. They want to take over my department to their headquarter. They only want to keep me until the end of October. However, I'm willing to relocate ...
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How to deal with a developer who thinks all technical questions should be answered by him only?

I work as a UX Program manager in a large creative team where we take on a number of projects. The team by itself is pretty amazing and I get along with everyone and enjoy learning with everyone. ...
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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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How to address a professional contact made a year ago?

I need to send an email to a contact I've made a year ago while traveling. I've met this person by popping up on the company and asking if "someone could talk to me." I have interest in working for ...
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How can I get off on the right foot with a new intern who is older than I am?

I'm a software developer who has recently been recruited by a company as one of the two lead developers (on separate by closely linked projects). I've been assigned a group of 2 interns who I am to ...
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How do you explain to your boss that the code needs a major rewrite? [closed]

I recently joined an organization in which I am to be one of the two new lead developers on the public website. The previous developer (who was alone) left a sizable codebase which although ...
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What reasons to say when I want to get in a different project? [duplicate]

Our company is an IT service provider which develops software for other companies. 4 months ago, I finished my work in one project and was put in a different one. My first impression of the new ...
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Director not directing senior managers, should we confront them? [closed]

I currently work for a firm which has a director and six senior managers, including me. The managers have all discussed how they feel the company is not being led correctly. We feel the director ...
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Incoming splitting gone wrong [closed]

Six years ago I was hired by two other guys on an income split deal to build some Facebook games/apps right when the market was hot. I handled the programming/dealing with players issues, the other ...
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Resigning when you have multiple bosses in multiple locations?

On Monday I intend to resign from my current position. I'm a consultant, and nearly always placed on site. I very occasionally have a boss on-site with me and another that always works managing the ...
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How do I overcome my Credit Rating in reference to applying for jobs?

Unfortunately I started a business but it didn't do so well. Due to this I've been left with debt and unfortunately it's affected my credit rating. When applying for roles in large firms, I'm ...
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I've been invited back after not getting the job the first time around

So, after losing out to the job to the other person a month ago. I receive an email this week saying are you still interested in the role you applied for. I emailed the person back and told them ...
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Writing a follow-up email to my supervisor regarding something I need [duplicate]

I have sent an e-mail to my supervisor, and I asked him to give his comments regarding a document. In the response I got this: "Thank you for sending this. At the moment I do not have time to ...
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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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How best to communicate an “FYI” a meeting is taking place?

Fairly often I create (or attend) a meeting I would like to communicate to others an FYI without needing them to attend. Generally, I forward it with text along the lines of, "FYI - no need to attend”...
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How can I tell a potential new employer about schedule changes?

This fall, I will be starting my freshman year of college, so I applied to an internship in the city of the college. It was clear in the interview that my availability over the summer, during the ...
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How do I tell my interviewer that I need more time for school?

I am being interviewed this week, and they mentioned that they have an "immediate opening" - but the issue is that, I need an extra semester for school(grad. school, where I need to complete thesis)! ...
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How much transparency should I maintain with external customers and other teams?

I have learned from my experience that appropriate transparency should be required while we are working with different teams. It helps for better preparation, sudden surprises and provides overall ...