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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Jokingly told my boss “I quit” on April Fools, and I think I just got fired [closed]

I jokingly told my manager "I quit" via email (it was longer than that) as an April Fools joke. We get along pretty well normally. Well, it seems my joke was taken a bit too seriously as I just got ...
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How can I improve my verbal communication to make it simple and crystal clear?

I have a lead role in my organization. My role demands high impact and crystal clear communication from me. I have been told that I am able to successfully communicate verbally anything to others, but ...
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How do I present a product idea to my boss?

I work in a company that, broadly speaking, makes websites. I'm a junior front-end programmer and have been in the company for 7 months. Since I really like websites, I tend to see opportunities ...
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Changing when you're able to interview - Asked interested company to wait for me to graduate, but that's delayed

I'm an undergraduate student at an overseas campus of a university that's not based where I am. If everything went well, I'd graduate around this august and when contacted by a recruiter, I'd asked ...
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How to avoid “throwing away” soft skills at a hard skills job?

I have an unusual problem in finding work. I have been in many interviews (over 10 in the past year), but none of them produced any job offers. However, the employers I've interviewed with are ...
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What is appropriate email follow-up etiquette after no response?

Sometimes I send emails and need a response. While not quite as bad as not being able to find denvercoder9, it sometimes happens I get no response. This presents a problem if the request is something ...
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Is this wrongful firing? How can I make sure that I get my unemployment benefits? [closed]

I managed a barber shop for a year and a half by myself averaging 20 haircuts a day. The owner then made her sister a manager of the shop, with no one other than me at the shop. One evening her ...
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Constructive feedback on Trust to Management

There are quite a few articles trying to emphasize and define Organizational trust. What is a good way to tell your boss that you are losing trust in him/her/them? Articles - huffingtonpost, ...
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My boss started sending me IMs to my private account. How should I deal with this?

I few days ago my boss started to send me instant messages to my private phone on my private account. He sends me error-messages and screenshots from customers. I fully understand this may be his ...
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Managing multiple status emails efficiently

What should I look for in techniques or tools for helping to communicate status well and efficiently to multiple managers with different areas of interest? I'm working on multiple different projects ...
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How should I approach a 'One on One' with my boss's manager when there are issues with the project?

Here is my problem. I have recently shifted job and I am mainly into computer programming. We work in a framework which is almost 75-80% complete. And I have been given a task to add something more to ...
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How can I introduce myself as well as request help from a colleague?

I will be contacting some colleagues at different locations and effectively requesting some of their time to greatly assist a project I am working on. Given their other responsibilities, I am not ...
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How to impose standards on a client/company?

I got hired by a company about a year ago that doesn't normally do software development. They had contracted out to a firm to get some software written for them. Later, they hired me to help maintain ...
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Is documenting communication with my boss on expectations, targets, and promises wrong?

When I was working on my earlier project, the project management diplomatically played with the communication. There was big mess related to expectations, commitments and promises. At one point, I ...
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Is it tactful to get in touch with a previous developer?

I'm in the position where I have inherited a highly complex codebase predominantly written by developers who have since separated from the company. I am not aware of what circumstances they separated ...
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What are your options in dealing with an employer who does not pay for your gas when doing errands for him?

I have a friend who works for a company part-time (paid hourly) doing marketing/website work. Occasionally, his boss will have him make trips to the store to get office supplies or go do some ...
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How can I tell my boss that the solution he wants is impractical?

My boss asked me if I have an idea for a solution to a problem he is facing. I've determined that this can not be achieved without having negative effects, so we would need an alternative approach. ...
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No Job Satisfaction - Any Suggestions? [closed]

I know a person with the following issue in their workplace, and I wish to help them, however I am unsure as to what suggestions to give them. So here goes (Lets call this person Jane). Jane works as ...
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How to politely ask a coworker to “Google it”

I'm working in a team of 8 consultants just like me. I'm the youngest member of the team and also the one with the least experience (on resume at least). But 4 of the 8 members of the team will often ...
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How can I encourage a coworker to report problems and describe those issues but not to suggest solutions?

I am a software engineer. My team and I frequently work with a team of data analysts to help them load and retrieve data from our software. The analysts we work with are simply brilliant. They are ...
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Communicating with hundreds of bickering SVPs

I'm a regular person at my employer -- no one reports to me. I report to one person, he reports to one person, and so on. But near the top of the chain, there are a few hundred Senior Vice ...
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Explaining that I'm leaving because I'm bored — or do I need to?

I'm bored at my job. I haven't learned a thing in the year that I've been there and I'm rebuffed whenever I request to be able work on a task that I would find more interesting (after having my daily ...
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In an interview, how could you describe a time when you communicated well?

In a sysadmin job interview, I was asked to describe a time when I used my verbal or written communication skills in an effective way. I don't know how to approach this question. It's very open-ended ...
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How to provide negative review of manager in “360 degree” feedback?

At my workplace, in addition to the traditional annual performance review, there also another process called "the 360" where each employee is assessed also by their subordinates and peers. I will be ...
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How can I tell people to get to the point?

I've recently come to a work place where people use a lot of useless business lingo and generally inflate communications with long unproductive fluff. I frequently find myself nodding and hoping they ...
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How to dismiss allegations of relationships

According to this Workplace.SE post, romantic relationships with co-workers/subordinates are discouraged due to perhaps the suspicion of unprofessional behavior. However, a co-worker (who is female) ...
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'Not my fault' colleague

I'm facing a situation that I don't seem to know how to handle. I work on a software development team, and one of its members, say John, has a particular personality trait. Whenever we talk about a ...
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How can I manage a project without authority to manage some of the people involved in the project?

I am currently in charge of the development and maintenance of all current and new web applications for the company I work for. I report directly to the president and VP of the company because ...
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How to acknowledge project failures but still emphasize my technical abilities in job interviews?

In my previous job I was working on a client-facing project for the first time. This new role added many extra challenges related to communication on top of the usual technical and cultural challenges ...
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How to respond to a “Thank you” email from the management?

Some companies send a "Thank you" to an employee for accomplishing certain tasks or when they want to offer him a bonus for his hard work. Should one respond to such emails and how? For my case ...
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How do I tell my boss I quit?

I know it sounds simple, but I'm finding it quite awkward to tell my boss I am leaving for another job. The main reasons for this are: My boss is currently looking for more developers due to heavy ...
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Should I contact my future employer occasionally if I have several months before I start work?

I am a college student graduating this semester. I was fortunate to be hired by the company that I interned at over the summer. The thing is that the last contact I had with my HR contact was 2 ...
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Should I report a previous coworker's arrest to management?

A previous coworker of mine was charged with aggravated assault last night after he had gotten into a fight with another female coworker(his girlfriend). The coworker had worked in a position that ...
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How to convince colleagues about my point of view in a meeting? [closed]

Often it happens that we have meetings in which I'm fairly convinced about one or more point concerning my field (i.e. ICT) and when I've to discuss with non ICT-expert I've to talk a lot and often it ...
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How do I ask my manager what my raise is ahead of time?

Where I work they do not tell us what our raises are ahead of time. We instead have to wait until we receive the 2nd paycheck in January which reflects our new rate since we are paid bi-weekly. There'...
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What do I need to consider before proposing changes outside the scope of my contract?

Without exception, when I go into a client's workplace, I notice things that should be changed - many things that are frequently outside of my mission. Sometimes serious things. I struggle with "...
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How can I show on my LinkedIn profile that I want to avoid working in a certain industry?

Currently I'm employed in a position which I could stay in for a while. However, I'm not in love with it and would leave for the right opportunity. As such, I don't mind receiving contacts for ...
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Employee with no aspirations

I have a employee who recently joined us. I know he has the skills, but unfortunately he seems to be busy gossiping rather than getting actual work done. He has made all the money he wanted to from ...
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Requesting that all tasks be submitted in writing

I work in a team that does have a workflow management system for submitting work orders within the organization but it is used mostly for requests going from one team to another. While proper ...
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What is the best course of action when an employee's significant other applies for the same job as him/her?

I'm in an interesting situation as a project manager. We've recently hired a promising new employee and told her that we were still looking for applicants for the same job. A few days later someone ...
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How can I get out of a bad job assignment without quitting?

I'm a software developer. Recently, my boss has told me my upcoming project assignment will be doing manual quality assurance on a web site some colleagues are building. I feel that spending 6 months ...
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How can I convince employees to solve their own IT problems? [closed]

My job scope includes providing desktop support to office staff, but that is not the only purpose I am hired for. I am primarily a programmer. I have been practicing IT for years and my philosophy in ...
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How can I learn to communicate better with colleagues from another profession?

My experience is in online marketing, UI/UX and web design, but I know virtually no programming. I have recently been hired to build a new, fairly complex site from scratch, for which I will be ...
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How can I convince my management of the importance of my involvement in other parts of a project?

I am a software developer working in a project that involves two separate software systems which communicate with each other. I am primarily responsible for one of these systems, and my company hired ...
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How to get a peer to stop giving me orders

A colleague often instructs me to do work for them. While the instruction is precise, I feel it is not at all my responsibility. For example, he has asked me to print a document that is hundreds of ...
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How can I bring up a coworker's language fluency issue?

I'd like to talk to a peer at work about their language fluency. They're bilingual, and I've noticed repeated similar grammar mistakes in communications with customers. How can I bring this up in a ...
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How to overcome the difficulty with communicating my thoughts or ideas or facts spontaneously?

I have a difficulty to give a right shape of speech to my thoughts or ideas or information that I know in order to express it well. Most of the times when I compose any email, I feel very difficult ...
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How to overcome perception problems and understand my work environment and my management accurately? [closed]

This is follow up to my earlier post "How can I professionally and politely disagree with Management about my performance review?" I don't like to mix the scope. Hence I am creating separate post. ...
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How do I deal with a boastful colleague who has inside information from the boss?

My colleague and I have the same boss. My colleague gets inside information from my boss before the information gets to me (which is relevant to my projects and some additional information which is ...
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How can I improve my verbal communication skills at my workplace?

I am working in IT industry. The company I am working is operating on multi-national and multiple time zones with different set of people. I am from rural India background and native language is ...