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 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 ...
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How to encourage a culture where people don't shout all the time?

I am a manager from a European company and recently was promoted to an American branch. I am not sure if this is cultural (geographical I mean), but it really appears that most employees here are used ...
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How can I keep myself from overstepping my authority with co-workers?

The other day, my boss approached me in private and had a very surprising talk with me - a talk about how important it is for me and my co-worker to go to him for help, to work together where we can, ...
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What can I do when my boss takes away my responsibilities and excludes me from important conversations - without reason? [closed]

I manage a team and some cross-team projects and have been growing well within my company for the past few years. I had a great head start, although after my second promotion I felt it was really hard ...
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What do you do if someone says they'll email you tomorrow, and they don't?

I had a first stage interview yesterday; it seemed to go reasonably well. They told me that they have a pretty quick turnaround on things, and that they'll get back to me tomorrow. It's 4pm, and I ...
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How to gauge how much to justify oneself [closed]

At my past job there was a strong sense of needing to justify oneself and save face and every little thing people explained. For example once someone bumped into a door and set off an alarm and ...
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Is it out of place in this situation to speak up to get what I want?

I currently share an office with a very abrasive and downright annoying coworker who is in the process of being relocated to another department. This means that the office her and I occupy will be ...
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How should I handle my new job as manager? [closed]

Today I had my interview for a job that I had no idea about (my uncle told me to meet XYZ person, and my uncle himself didn't know anything about the position available). So I went to the office of ...
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Is this an employee confidentiality breach?

This is from a friend: Unbeknownst to me, I was granted stock options back in January by my company but the VP gave the RSU letter to my coworker (not clear on why) and she's had it for 3 ...
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Is there a simple, non-offensive way to flag “bike-shedding”?

Is there any neat clean familiar way to get across the idea of "bike-shedding"? "Bikeshedding" is when legitimate agenda items or elements of a project which people enjoy or find easy to discuss ...
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Under what circumstances is it acceptable to use a different (natural) language with colleagues who speak it instead of the dominant one?

I have colleagues in my workplace who are native speakers of languages other than the dominant one (English) and sometimes they use it between themselves even with respect to work matters (though not ...
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Approaching a staff member who has repeatedly submitted falsified claims

I'm a team-lead in my company's IT department and I have five persons reporting to me. My team are regularly required to stand by after office hours to support certain activities. For these after-...
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Should I answer personalized job posting emails? [closed]

I've got a few emails recently from recruiters (who I have not met before) about jobs which are related to my skills/fields. For example, one of them get my email address from my github profile (I'm ...
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How can I improve the tone of my communication with clients?

I am working at a client site as an IT Consultant. Recently the client has provided feedback to my employer: “His communication is direct and straight forward to the point. But most of the time ...
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How should I confront my boss for not being open with me about my performance and development? [duplicate]

I am a new manager (junior/assistant head of department), promoted one year ago, and I have always had five star performance ratings as well as been recently named best employee of the company. On the ...
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How to go beyond the manager professionally whenever it is required?

I am working as developer in the current firm. We are developing a application for the organization. However for requirements and for other clarifications we need to approach so many other teams and ...
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Tactful, diplomatic way of communicating with graphic-design ignorant boss

I have been a graphic designer for over 20 years, currently working under a Graphics Director, whose boss is the Department Manager, whose boss is the VP of Marketing. The VP is recently hired, and ...
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How should I approach reporting a discriminating comments to my company?

My co-worker had really made very discriminating comments about me. My other co-workers find it too bad. But the situation was nobody including myself reacted against it. I want to send a this ...
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Handling rumors about project priorities

We are working on the firmware our company's new device. Yesterday we heard some rumors from the head of hardware department about a trade show next week where our CEO wants to show the hardware to a ...
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Should I replace an AV accessory that was lost by someone else?

I work for an education oriented non-profit and recently we started letting people take A/V and photography equipment in exchange for a copy of the final product, so basically for free. I'm in charge ...
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How to get people from different companies to mix on Friday afternoon drink

Recently my company (of 10 people) moved to a new building, where we share the floor with another company (also of about 10 people). We don't share offices, just the coffee machine. Because they ...
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Whats the best way to navigate difficult coworkers? [duplicate]

I was hired as a UX professional at a software company to handle customer surveying, prototyping, and design work for our product group as well as be the creative lead for our marketing department. I ...
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Is being blunt in emails common in the workplace?

I'm still a student, but was talking to a friend about how when I email my professors/lecturers they tend to ignore the niceties, the greeting, everything except the main question in my email and send ...
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Running my own company along with a job in another company, how to communicate this to co-founder? [closed]

Me and my friend are running a small IT firm. There are no other employees, just the two of us. Business is not so bad, but we cannot live with just the income from this business. I want to look for ...
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Productivity, Competency and Office Politics

I'm currently an inexperienced software developer working for a large company. While I'm extremely passionate about my work, I lacked quite some experience in this field when I was offered the ...
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I'm not Junior/Entry-Level, but Senior Dev treats me like one

I'm currently a 24 yr old contract-to-hire developer at this company. I'm five months in to a six month contract. My job title is "Developer." No prefix. I'm between Junior/Entry-Level and Senior. I'm ...
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Dealing with under appreciation and lack of respect

Scenario: Designer/Developer with years of experience in multiple projects spanning a range of technologies who is one of those happy/go-lucky goofy/funny people that tries to get along with everyone ...
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How can I communicate better with a co-worker who is not a good listener?

I've been working as an engineer in a company. I have been working alone on a large scale maintaining project and there is a project manager beside me. Recently, the company hired an employee who ...
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What can a person with a severe hearing loss do to improve communication?

I have a severe hearing loss (auditory neuropathy). The gist of it is that I struggle to fit sounds to words. I can hear that someone is talking, but I don't understand what they said. It's kind of ...
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As assistant manager, supporting a team member the boss is down on

I'm the assistant manager of a small team, and the manager, "Mary", and I have a large difference of opinion about one of our members, "Ethan". He's the least experienced person we have. Overall, I ...
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Dealing with people that think they're more skilled than you when that's only partially true

I'm working with someone who is more skilled than me in programming, but lacks many of the design skills we need to complete an assignment. He can't stop pointing out that he's a better programmer ...
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How can I overcome my fear of public speaking? [duplicate]

I am a software engineer at a top multinational corporation. I have extreme stage fright, to the extent that I cannot speak in a group. Whenever I go for a meeting, my situation is like kaato tau ...
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I received a written warning for my performance, how can I save my job?

The Situation I just walked out of a conversation with my boss. The HR person from the head office also joined us via phone. I was served with a written warning 'for consistent disregard of work and ...
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What's the proper way to answer a telephone call from someone I do not know personally?

I recently graduated from college and started working. Before starting work, I had almost never received any calls from anyone I did not know personally - and when I did it was usually just a wrong ...
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How to proceed when remote boss doesn't answer emails?

My boss and I sit in different remote sites, several thousands of miles apart. We don't see each other often. On several occasions in the last few months, I have sent him emails asking him for ...
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How do I politely decline an offer to extend internship when I plan to move to a different company?

I'm currently doing an internship at a company for a fixed-month period, which I'm now close to the end of. Recently they approached me and asked if I would like to stay longer, instead of going back ...
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Is it OK to ask a company how they got my email address?

I got an email from the HR department of a company about a job opportunity. The email is addressed directly to me, so I was wondering if it is okay to ask them where they got my email address, or ...
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How to communicate my own working pace?

I've been working as a web developer for almost a year now. Before this I spent 3 years in university on a bachelor degree, which included mostly practical tasks instead of theoretical exams. During ...
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As a consultant, how do you handle customer team members refusing to cooperate with you? [closed]

I'm a consultant for Company A providing services to Company B. Company B hired another company to deliver a web application, but their delivery was rushed and misguided, resulting in a very ...
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How can I control questions asked during a presentation?

When people give presentations in my company, other members interrupting the flow of the presentation with questions/discussions on minor points can make the presentation lose focus. Personally I find ...
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How can I get my colleagues to seriously consider my suggestions? [closed]

My team works on a big legacy-code project and most of the team has worked here, on this team, for over ten years. It seems that most of the team have only worked on this project and rarely if ever ...
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How to manage customer expectations when delivery depends on an opaque third party?

A client has requested a fast turnaround on a public iOS app. We know we can manage it with the resources available, but distributing via the Apple App Store is an unknown to us. I understand that ...
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When should I include information in my resume to indicate I have a high IQ?

When should you add info that you joined an association that is exclusive to extremely intelligent people (e.g. Mensa)? Researching on the internet implies a general sentiment of no. The reasoning ...
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Team member takes holidays. Should the member delegate work, or the team leader?

I am working in an IT company and we offer companies the management of their IT infrastructure. Our support team consists of seven members and one team leader. The team leader, one member and me have ...
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How do I deal with a manager who perceives a quality problem as not as critical as I do?

I work in software development and have worked on two projects with the same piece of software being used in both, but each are slightly different. The second was built off the first's code with ...
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How do I say “I need company stock, or I'm getting a new job”?

I'm somewhere between the 7th and 9th employee. I've been at my position for almost a year. There was supposed to be a vesting plan released in January 2014, at the time of this writing it is late ...
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Bosses refuse to follow branding guidelines

My company recently acquired a new building. The architect proposed a design for the facade that goes against the branding guidelines on use of our company logo. As the Corpcomms manager, I did my ...
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How to deal with subordinate know-it-all's

Imagine your boss or another department manager asks you something. You start formulating the idea in your head... and before you can speak Mr. Know-It-All barges into the conversation and tries to ...