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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What reason should I give for no longer wanting to work for my company?

I'm currently working at an internship that started at the beginning of the summer. The internship was only supposed to last for the length of the summer, but my company decided to keep me and a few ...
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What is a good way to complain on a retrospective meeting?

Hi I had a following case - a JIra issue with broken flow with regards of To Do / Selected for development / In Progress / Done. The result was that all the tooling around the JIra - boards reports ...
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Should I confront coworker over behavior [closed]

There is a group of people at work I call the Pack. Every few months or so the Pack targets a victim and starts a whisper campaign. Sometimes the victim is forced out of the company sometimes they ...
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How to navigate requesting a department transfer with pay decrease through upper management?

This spring I took a position in a new department at my job that came with some specific perks and significantly higher expectations relating to crunch time. Shortly after joining the department, ...
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How to discuss attitude in team affecting performance? [closed]

Background: My manager wants me to bring a problem to him before my extended probation review. There has been an issue with communicating to the team lead. I have seen him onboard another hire as the ...
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Team members are afraid to engage in standup or discuss blocking issues affecting their work

I am team lead working in the IT Security team where I work. Our team has been having biweekly standup meetings to discuss status on projects / assigned work, and any blockers that is preventing work ...
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How should I tell a colleague I don't think he's qualified for a lead role?

I work in software development and at my current company, becoming a senior developer (and beyond) is a really tough task. The process takes a lot of time and involves multiple conversations with the ...
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Transparent feedback about manager to skip-level manager

In my organization, we are required to give feedback to our skip-level manager about my manager (skip-level manager is my manager's manager). In this questionnaire, which is generally a set of ...
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How to find out with which Bank does Worldwide PUBLIC company deal (NO confidential info!) [closed]

For the purpose of corporate communication, I'm wondering how and where could be possible to lookup strictly only the name of financial institution particular Public worldwide (especially EU) company ...
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How do I best pass on a manager's feedback to a colleague?

I've got a new(ish) colleague with whom I share a manager. I was tasked with onboarding the new colleague when they joined, although I think they're pretty settled in now. In a meeting with my manager ...
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Will I lose my job by saying I can't work certain hours? [closed]

So I've been trying incredibly hard to try to get this job since before the pandemic and I am finaly able to start working after completing a slew of trainings. The problem is I'm still in highschool ...
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Is it ok to use informal contractions (wanna, gotta, kinda) in an interview?

Next week, I have an interview, in English, with a company from the USA and I would like to know if I should use terms when I speak like: "wanna", "gotta", "gonna", "...
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How should I handle mispronouncing words in a coworker's native language and feeling like I'm embarrassing myself?

Similar questions have been asked here before, so I'll try to provide enough detail to explain my specific situation. The situation I am a junior software developer in the United States working on an ...
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The world of digital marketing: agency or company? [closed]

I'm in the process of specializing in digital marketing and communication. As I lack knowledge of the field and I am looking to gain as much practical experience as possibile, my question is: what ...
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Clarifying Gender in Email Signature

I am from the United States and I live in the Midwest. I would like to add my pronouns to my email signature. Some people in my company have been doing this, although there is no official policy on ...
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How to find major customers of particular worldwide public company (Introductions)? [closed]

I was trying to get in touch with best possible corporate law firms - the local ones in the same country as where target public company is. The goal was to ask a law firm to introduce me and our own ...
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Raising a startup, but workmates are falling behind on their tasks. How to handle this?

My friends and I are currently raising a startup that will launch our first product at the end of Q3 this year. Apart from the freelance marketing team, this startup consists of three developers, ...
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Should I tell my manager that I'm not able to work on the weekend for religious reasons?

So the religion I follow does not permit working on our sabbath, which falls on Saturday. I specifically mentioned in my interview that there's no way I'd be able to work on Saturdays, but I didn't ...
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Should I Accept Responsibility For Unclear Technical Issue?

I have been working at my company for a number of years and have recently been accepted to begin training for another role where my principal duty will be to negotiate contracts with third parties. ...
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How do I approach asking what the pay review process is?

I started a new job a few months ago, and neglected to ask during the interview process what their process for pay review and bonuses is. Six months in and thinking about my value to the company - and ...
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How to constructively address someone yelling at you in the workplace?

At work, someone yelled at me and spoke in a very rude way. The background was another supervisor told me to use a certain computer for a specific task, but this one thought it took too long and I ...
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Is an email that starts with x looks bad for job applications? [duplicate]

I have great gmail id but I get so much spam on it, I am thinking of ditching it. I have tried filters and everything but its painful to manage all the new spams everyday. So I want to switch to a new ...
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How to get domain experts to answer questions correctly, completely & concisely

I'm a software developer working for a consultancy that undertakes a variety of projects in a variety of domains. Projects typically have a relatively short turnaround (e.g. a few months). I find that ...
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How to handle managers who give long winded answers that don't even answer the question

I have a manager who tends to give long speeches even when talking one on one in informal settings (i.e. not scheduled meeting). The problem is I don't get an opportunity to ask questions or give ...
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How to discuss atmosphere of team with manager

I am 1 1/2 month into my 3 months extension of probation and things are really looking worrying. My manager had admitted that communication has been a big part of the issue from the top-level. I ...
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How can I find out whether a job can accommodate my poor communication skills during the briefing process in an interview?

I work as a graphic designer. Most of my career has been freelance but I've worked full-time for design agencies also. I am currently looking for a new full time role, but there is one thing I'm ...
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Can we follow up our probation result?

So I've already worked for 3 months (probation), and today is the end of my probation. Well I haven't heard any result from HR / my boss (boss is in a different office because of corona) and I have ...
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What to do if manager repeatedly forgets aspects of the project?

I've been working on a project at work where my manager repeatedly forgets about different parts of the project. As a result almost on a weekly basis he asks the same questions about the project which ...
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Co-worker won't understand that we don't put compiled binaries into git

He has no idea, what is .gitignore. He has no interest to even hear it, if I try to explain it to him. Probably he thinks roughly this: "I only want to make the work done" And yes, this is ...
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Company scheduled an interview without asking for availability - red flag?

After 3-4 weeks of silence (I assumed I'd been rejected), got a call from a company that they had scheduled an interview for me - without checking my availability. It's not the worst time, but I'm ...
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What the CEO says has to go no matter what

I work in an IT / web development team for a retailer. We were a larger team but have been downsized 50% due to staff leaving recently and not being able to find replacements. We did have a manager ...
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how to politely ask for more information on a task?

I am a web dev and I often get a emailed with bugs that need fixing or for new features. For example I may get an email saying something along the lines of: on page X it doesn’t jump to the ...
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Can I ask for time to practice pen-testing on work hours

I work in a startup where we do IT Service. We build all kinds of apps (web, mobile, iot, etc.). I currently have a role of project leader (handling 3 projects) as well as the guy people come to for ...
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How do you make estimates for senior management?

I am struggling to communicate deal sizes and opportunity size to senior management. I read documents with lines like: "customer X is a 100 million dollar opportunity and our team is struggling ...
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Meeting with my Boss’s Boss’s Boss? [closed]

On Tuesday afternoon I received an invite via administrative assistant to meet with our senior executive my boss’s boss’s boss in three weeks. She wanted to make sure that I’ll be back from vacation ...
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How should I present my work when I repeatedly run into unexpected roadblocks?

I'm a software developer. When my team meets for our daily standups, our business analyst/project managers attend the meeting as well in order to gauge the team's progress. 9 times out of 10, this ...
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Moving house without taking a new job

I live in one of the EU countries and will start as a software developer on first of October. During my time as a student, I did multiple internships at the company I will be working for, within the ...
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How should I deal with my team member who tries to copy?

I have been working in a company for a year and a half now, after 6 months of work the company decided to hire one more person to help me and project. My colleague is so weird, We both software ...
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Is it unprofessional to accuse someone of being “snarky” in a work chat?

An external colleague asked me if I was "being snarky?" when I told one of his report I had already sent them something they asked for. Am I right to find this unprofessional? For context I ...
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Virtual alternative to “pleased to meet you” when mailing new people

Is there a good professional way to acknowledge the fact that you're mailing someone for the first time or, in my case, that you're new to an organisation/team? I've been opening a lot of emails with ...
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How does one know or convey to the boss that task is beyond my difficulty? [closed]

I work in a startup where I am the lone developer (there is one more person who is completely into different domain). So it's my boss who gives me tasks consulting a mentor who she knows. The problem ...
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Client managment changed and new managment ignoring the project

The client (client is just a department of our org) requested a specific project to be implemented, by end of phase 1 the management changed. The new management don’t want to use phase1 nor to go ...
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How can I feel less intimidated by younger colleagues?

I work as a game developer. I work mostly on visual novels, fighters, shooters and arcade games. Each year the workplace is more and more dominated by younger folks and fewer and fewer seniors. I ...
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I've given a very simple coding task but I'm not quite getting what asked, how to be more effective/efficient?

I'm leading a small subproject in my company, and I've never lead any project before in my career and this miniproject according to my manager is supposed to be an exercise on leadership. I did a task ...
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Should I provide support to a former department for a project I developed but they didn't pay me for?

So for the background I worked for a department for 2 years and in my field its considered top of the line work. But I also have other non related technical skills and developed a crucial scheduling ...
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How should I answer “How are you liking the job?” if I don't like it?

I recently started a new job after losing my old one to COVID. It's in a retail store and pays minimum wage. While I find the manager and assistant manager very responsible and trustworthy, a lot of ...
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Is this a leave me alone

Pre-covid I had applied speculatively for unpaid internships and had one decision maker write back that he: really didn't have anything suitable at the current time although he: definitely ...
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Received offer via email but no response from HR afterwards

I did an internship at a company and at the end of the internship I received very positive feedback. After the internship, I got in contact with HR (the same person who offered me the internship) via ...
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How do I explain/apologize to recruiter for unprofessional email name due to prank made by younger silbling

I passed my initial coding test last Sunday and got my first phone interview invitation with one of the company on Monday. I replied to the phone interview invitation on Tuesday through email. Right ...
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How can I avoid providing a deadline to others who insist on it? [duplicate]

I'm often asked to look into projects or technical issues that I don't understand fully. If you've ever had to do this, you'll know that it's very hard to come up with a deadline or a completion date. ...

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