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 a junior convince a senior developer to use object oriented concepts? [duplicate]

This topic relates to web development / software engineering; however the question can be related to other fields of expertise involving a more junior employee being more technically skilled than a ...
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How to take ownership to solve an issue when managers focus on pinpointing person to blame and punish?

When any kind of failure happens at my company, the first question everyone in the hierarchy asks is "Whose fault was it?" I remember once overhearing a conversation where someone replied "It's no one'...
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Internship: Manager never available [duplicate]

I am currently in an intern position and have been for a few weeks now. My problem is that I can never get a hold of my manager to get feedback on the work I am doing. He will assign me work and when ...
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How to deal with an intern who puts no effort in her work?

There is an intern who I am responsible for this summer. But apparently she isn't interested in the job. I gave her a research assignment which is needed for her following assignments. I told her ...
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How to handle when boss eschews or gives unclear instructions on a new assignment?

(Note: there are similar questions, though this is distinct in as far as a boss is involved and the task is unknown to me) My boss recently assigned me Project X. Although I am vaguely familiar with ...
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How do I invite coworkers to my presentation.

I am an Intern this summer and am required to give poster presentation along with all the other interns open to the office in a few weeks as part of my internship.I am significantly younger than all ...
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How do I handle my last name changing after marriage?

Though I'm not currently getting married, I've always wondered how I should handle my last name within the workplace when I do. In the workplace, your name is directly attached to your work. When ...
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How do I ask my former boss for back pay when I've been grossly underpaid?

I worked for a chocolatier restaurant for barely above minimum wage. After a year, I quit due to the low pay. Since then, I've done some research online and with other professionals to find that I ...
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How to handle a condescending co-worker?

It's my first time posting here so just bear with me. I work at a software development company that primarily focuses on C#-based web development, but they also work on desktop applications on ...
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Coworkers paranoid about me leaving?

I work in Midland, Texas, which is really in the middle of nowhere. I'm originally from Houston and took this job because it's the only one. Whenever I go out of town on business, especially to a ...
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How can I correct an elder team member without causing offence?

I am working for a consulting firm and they employed me at their client location for their client project. My team consists of different team members who are also employed from different organizations ...
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How to deal with colleagues scolding/taunting me for my sniffles, rhinitis, hay fever?

Those of you who are located in the Northern Hemisphere surely know that it's the season of airborne pollen, which in some people can cause serious allergic hay fever, rhinitis and asthma. I am one ...
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How to deal with lying co-worker who misrepresents issues or makes up scenarios

I've come in contact with a situation recently at work where a co-worker I formerly worked with in an old position has been misrepresenting or creating tension by lying about situations of contact ...
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How to get better at work if my managers say my problem is that I have no “common sense”?

I am a management assistant and my manager keeps telling me I need to do this and I need to do that; I do exactly as he says, but then it's still not what he wants. And he says I have to use common ...
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How do I get technical answers out of a non-technical person? [closed]

Our group works with a fairly complicated application that routinely has bugs crop up, meaning we have amazing job security, but also have to constantly be helping our users resolve these bugs. One ...
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Administrator thinks I, an IT volunteer student, am hacking the school network

I'm a high school student volunteering with the school administrator, and he is somehow sure that I am always trying to hack the school server and put viruses on the computers. A group of us spent a ...
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How to deal with a job which is very demanding and might be under-eligible for doing it?

I am constantly feeling overwhelmed in this job and there is never a sense of comfort. I remember being someone who liked challenges, but one at a time. My job is really good for someone who is ...
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Manager does not respond to my emails [duplicate]

I am a software engineer from the Ukraine working in a multinational company. My manager is located in the USA. I have a communication problem with my manager that I will explain with an example. I ...
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Dealing with verbose colleagues politely [duplicate]

I was wondering if anyone has encountered a verbose colleague who doesn't feel any kind of need to 'get to the point'? I'm a lead developer working on a version of software. The lead stakeholder from ...
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How to handle a coworker who likes arguing to cause conflict

At several jobs I've had a colleague that I had to work with who liked to argue over pointless things. It can be very frustrating and time consuming and is never productive, and usually is only ...
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How do I quit a job when my manager is at a distant location?

I work at a large company and after the most recent "management restructuring," most of the employees in my department have managers at various other locations. While my manager used to sit about 30 ...
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How do I take a break on the spot in a moment of extreme stress or feeling overwhelmed?

What can I say/do when I am about to explode (for any possible reason) and need to stop or take a break on the spot even if I am in the middle of something - due to feeling overwhelmed, stressed, ...
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Accepting a new job offer while in the middle of training

I'd thought I'd get some thoughts on my situation. I have been looking for a new job position while still thinking long term at my current company. I had been following the mindset that until I got a ...
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How to ask why I am excluded from wider team communications/e-mails?

I recently found out multiple times from fellow first line managers in my department that they had received official e-mails which I hadn't. While I started feeling that was weird/fishy, the ...
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Computer records say I did something wrong - but I didn't. How to convince boss?

I cannot go into exact details due to privacy reasons, but essentially the records on a database that tracks our work imply that I made a very bad mistake - or that I am lying - but I am sure that I ...
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How do I tell a colleague that I don't want to add him to Facebook?

I consider Facebook to have information that is personal and that I only share with close friends and family. However, in my new workplace I’ve been asked several times for my Facebook username and/or ...
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Should I followup after 8 business days, interview went so well? [duplicate]

I gave a interview at a great company on 21st May so technically its been 8 business days. The interview went great. I gave 2 interviews: one phone interview and final in-person interview. The first ...
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How can I sell myself within the office

Currently I am happily working for my boss. My boss told me at my contract extension he was happy with me and was thrilled with the work I did. He told me I do have to work on one thing: ...
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Should I go to the office of a company to discuss a project without appointment?

I'm still a French student, preparing an examination at master level which requires to build a small project with an industrial company. But my situation is becoming really taut: examinations are ...
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Co-workers using informal language for communication

At my office we make heavy use of IM (ex. Skype) for communication, partially since half our team is offshore. However people commonly disregard spelling and make excessive use abbreviations resulting ...
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How can I ask my boss for training?

I am a software developer and I have worked at this company for over a year. This is my first job. I am the only developer on this project and there is a project manager beside me who doesn't have ...
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Helping anxious coworkers by becoming a better instructor

I have coworkers who are really eager to agree with what you say, but don't really listen. I can be explaining how something works, or instructing them on certain procedures, and they will quickly ...
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A team member made a mistake and I need to manage it

One of my team member made a mistake and a manager noticed it who sent me an email regarding a follow up meeting with the team member. However my concern here is that the mistake was witnessed by one ...
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How to communicate disagreement or concern about management's decision to promote someone?

I have heard and read that promotions, especially after the first level of management, are not based on merit, performance or expertise, but rather on being aligned with senior management, being more ...
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When is it critical to CC people not directly addressed in an e-mail (or not directly concerned with the subject)? [closed]

My company has no direct policy about this and we generally have an informal way of communicating, especially within teams. Between teams, I have seen varying behaviors in the past 12 months I am here ...
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How to improve team-building when cultural cliques are formed at a multinational company?

I am a junior manager at a European branch of a US-based firm. Our US-based colleagues and superiors often come over for major projects but always seem to keep a greater professional distance from ...
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Dealing with a hostile work environment.

Setting: I'm a 45 years old Iranian woman. A year ago I got hired in a hospital as a professional worker. I got training in the morning and made a couple of friends. When I was getting trained in ...
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How to address my manager's sudden reluctance to communicate?

My manager for the past two years, who also promoted me to deputy manager a year ago, has suddenly stopped communicating with me since the last time I took a holiday. I tried to organize catch-ups, ...
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What do you do if the interviewer interrupts you continuously?

Recently, I attended a job interview during which I was interrupted several times by the interviewer in order to ask another question. I wasn't finished answering yet. I didn't mind the division of my ...
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To approach coworker “attempting to help” personally, or contact my manager and get them to clarify?

I currently work in a small office with several people most of whom are not in the same department as I am. One of whom have been with the business for quite a while and act as a mouthpiece for my ...
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Someone requested my resume, what should I include in the thank you letter?

I am a social worker trying to move into the for-profit industry. I have a second job as a cashier at a well known retail store. A customer and I were having a conversation as I rang her up. I told ...
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What to do about a colleague who likes to embarrass you? [closed]

Over time I became friends with a colleague who is the assistant of my manager. We are not in the same team but we have to communicate at work. I have noticed that when we are outside of work (ex: ...
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How do I deal with getting blamed for my coworker's sloppy code?

You may recently have seen my question How do I tell a coworker he's wrong? Well the time has come where I got a long email being blamed for sloppy coding done by said coworker. I'm not a blamer....
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How can I gracefully interrupt others and take the opportunity to talk?

I am working as an IT Consultant for an US-based Organization. My role is development team lead. I've been having some trouble grabbing the opportunity to talk and add my points to the discussion in ...
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How to choose the right communication mode for a given situation?

I am working as I.T. Consultant for US based Organization. I am playing development team lead. I am always confused about matching the right communication mode with the right situation in my ...
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How can I improve my relationship with a senior coworker who thinks that I'm worthless? [closed]

Edit: I want to make this question more clear/less personal, so here goes. I am working with a senior co-worker who is not acting professionally towards me and generally speaking, has not ever acted ...
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A junior co-worker uses words like ”hit ’n trial method” to define my actions

My co-worker was explaining her work (we were working together, I being in a supervisor role) and suddenly made a personal comment saying “I think we are going wrong with this hit ‘n trial.” IMO, this ...
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How do I tell a coworker he's wrong?

At my job as a software engineer, I am in a situation where I am right and my coworker is wrong. This is definitive; it's a black and white situation that can be "Googled" for an answer. Normally I ...
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How to overcome fear of a workplace? [duplicate]

First of all, I will tell something about me. I am not a gifted guy with a lot of intelligence and other talents. But if I am prepared, I can do really good (I have observed it, several times…), but ...
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Who to select as recipient in appreciation mails based upon situations

I am retiring from my managerial role and a new person is about to take my role., I remotely manage 35 member team over seas with a manager reporting to me., Anyway before leaving I want to appreciate ...