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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Are these sentences correct? [closed]

1/ The distiny is not changing even we want that. 2/ Unavoidable distiny by God is the truth we cannot change it. 3/The actions we make sometimes determine our destiny and life.
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How to make it clear that I'm actually “asking for a friend” and not for myself?

A programmer (J.) that I know is looking for a new job - and wants it fast because she is in a bad environment right now. I was going to post for her in a public developers slack group, as I'm sure ...
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How to deal with difficulties of understanding a colleague (in person conversation)

Over the years every now and then I end up working with people whom I have trouble understanding in English. I am not a native English speaker and usually they are not either. Here I want to indicate ...
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If I talk to my mothers boss about the way he treats people could I get her fired?

My mom is a store manager at a big dollar store corporation. She has worked there nearly 5 years and has loved it however, she recently got a new district manager. He moved her to a different store ...
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Is the use of ellipsis “…” dismissive or rude?

In business communication, is the use of ellipsis, those three dots "...", intended to be dismissive of the recipient? Can it be construed as rude? My knee-jerk reaction is to read these as rather ...
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Coworker stated they're unable to work with me?

I'm not really sure where to go.. so maybe this place and help a bit. I've been at my current job for over two years now, we're a small jewelry company. The business changed hands to a individual (...
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How to suggest “helping” a coworker in chat without sounding condescending?

I started a new job recently. A coworker (let's call him Sam) is tasked with helping me do the initial project setup. At one point, he wanted to share a huge file (about 1 GB in size) with me. Now ...
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How to address organizational problems when I have a soft-spoken manager?

There are a few organizational-level problems at my company that I have tried to constructively highlight so that the appropriate parties can address them, but to no avail. I, myself, am in a standard ...
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Managment has no idea what the project is about

I am in a bit of a strange situation. I am part of software development team doing core transformation of existing COBOL based ordering system. There are also plans for future sales channel being ...
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How to deal with a difficult employee who doesn’t want to change

I am a manager in a software company managing about 30 people across multiple teams. I have 3 team leads in each section reporting to me. One of the team leads — lets call her Linda — is a very ...
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Going on a business trip, how to ask about travel and health insurance?

I work in a UK based company and am about to go on my first business trip overseas to Japan. I'll be going with my boss and the company will arrange everything. Flights and hotels have all been booked ...
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What does a ticket escalation e-mail look like? [closed]

In many tutorials about issue tracking software and scrum based management a so called escalation process is mentioned. The idea is, that a first level agent sends an e-mail to a second level agent ...
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Sending department-wide non-work emails to colleagues. Is it rude?

I really would like to send an email to all the colleagues working in my department about tomorrow's strike and the recent UN report about climate change with some links in order to raise their ...
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What should I do if don't think I fit to the company's culture?

At my job I'm sitting at the corner of the room alone. I feel lonely. Break time comes I go for lunch alone. The group has a nice casual conversation. But I don't get along well. Different culture, ...
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How can I deal with my coworkers using unknown jargon and acronyms?

I'm exactly 1 month into a new job. I really like all my coworkers and we have lots of great conversations outside of work settings, easily the best manager I've ever had and the workplace is pretty ...
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Is two days an acceptable amount of time to catch up when working overnight?

I'm typically an 8-5 worker, but recently I found out for one day I may have to work overnight. This is due to a customer that doesn't want to close during the day for an upgrade. I've never worked ...
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Colleague always stepping in

I am hired in a new place and I have a colleague who used to be on my post but is now on a higher position. My colleague always steps in in every project I have been assigned to without teaching me ...
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As a contractor, non-technical employer questions my technical decisions

Some background, I've been a fullstack developer for some years now and have worked as a contractor for the last 1.5 years. I've been with the same employer throughout my time as a contractor, and ...
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How involved should a startup's CTO be in the technical details of work done by his engineers?

The short version: My boss / CTO / company founder double checking everything I do and gives me little technical decision-making authority. It's driving me nuts. To what extent is that normal / okay? ...
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Unable to meet goals when manager keeps busy in things which are outside the ambit

I joined a new company two months back. I committed to the CEO to meet certain goals within 3 months timeframe. CEO has a lot of expectations from me. Two months have passed and it seems I will not be ...
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Bosses/co-workers pretend to know things that they don't know

I was recently talking to a co-worker, and an esoteric subject became relevant. So before spouting out technical jargon, I thought it was important to determine if my co-worker knew anything about the ...
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How to communicate to my boss that I will quit if they do not grant me a more flexible schedule?

In my company we all work remotely. We are located in different time zones. There is however, one of the time zones where most of the people are located (not all). I am not in that time zone. Other ...
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I was duped into typing my password in plaintext during a Slack chat session

I worked in a heavily regulated industry and a company that is resistant to change. We recently just got Slack and everyone on our engineering team was getting used to it. A few jokes were made with ...
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How can I tell an employee to improve on his body-hygiene?

I have a new employee that joined my team, he is smart and very polite, but he smells very bad due to his transpiration or his general body odor. Sometimes when he comes in after having a shower, he ...
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What is a polite way to clarify my gender in phone calls?

Naturally in my native language my voice over the phone is sometimes closer to a female voice. But my natural voice is sounding completely normal. The problem is the listener in the other end of the ...
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How to say 'NO', When someone offer you better opportunity with better salary?

I am a professional Magento Developer, and I have completed my one year and continue my next one year bond. When someone offers you a better opportunity with a better salary but you have to continue ...
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Too many pull requests in backlog

I work in a small company, and my manager is involved in managing 2 projects as well as doing his own coding. I am increasingly frustrated as there is a queue of 50 Pull Requests waiting to be either ...
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How do you ask for help if you're stuck with a problem where your peers work at a differenct location and time zone

I started on a project and have been on it for about a month now (since my on-boarding) give or take. I normally pride myself a good employee, able to complete my task to at-least my own standards. ...
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Is it generally a bad idea to “rat” on co-workers? [closed]

Recently, I witnessed 3 out of our 4 managers joking about the company owner. These jokes weren't the normal "ah he's making me work weekends" stuff, they were pretty heinous in my opinion and it went ...
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How to stop being labeled in a certain way by one's boss?

Recently I noticed that my boss labels me in a particular way in conversations with me, and in meetings with other higher-ups and colleagues. The label appears to be intended as a compliment and is ...
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Is CC'ing the manager in first e-mail regarding urgent matter considered escalation?

I needed a task to be done by the services team in our company, I called them but no response, I've sent an e-mail to them explaining the issue and the urgency and I have CC'ed their manager and their ...
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Start of day discussions [closed]

I'm a software engineer in a team of 6 people. 3 of which are ostensibly more junior members, they've been here less than a year. All in their mid-late twenties. We work 7 hours a day and I feel like ...
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How to handle a colleague who appears helpful in front of manager but doesn't help in private?

TL;DR A colleague offers (unsolicited) help in front of manager, but actually doesn't help. What to do? The long version: I have recently started on a new job. There is another very senior person, ...
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Shall I ask HR about my test schedule?

Currently I'm an Intern at a company, and last week, HR asked if I was interested in taking the test to become a full time employee and I said I was interested. HR said that the test would be held at ...
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How do I stopped being stepped on during group discussions

I'm part of a leadership group of 6 at work where we have to make decisions about the structure of the company (i.e. divisions, etc.) among other things. However, there are few, let's say very ...
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What should I tell a customer when my co-worker fails to show up to a meeting?

I'll typically have meetings with customers in which they set it up and invite me and other co-workers. Sometimes I will show up to this meeting and my co-worker(s) won't because they forgot, became ...
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How to keep team morale and efficiency when dealing with poor communication in a mentorship-like relation

I am working in a academia-related field and the type of relationships tend to be pretty much as kind of mentor-students. I have mentored many persons in the past with very nice experiences and ...
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Owner is determining raises based on customer work

Each year the company owner determines raises to go out to each employee. This year I accidentally read a memo addressed to HR that a lot of weight will be given to how "billable" an employee is. ...
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How to handle “afterthoughts”?

I am not sure how I can phrase it better, but I feel I have an "afterthought" or "on the hindsight" approach of thinking. I am, for most of the time, unable to think of appropriate things to say in ...
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How to keep in touch with former colleagues

After more than ten years I started a new job last summer, so it´s been near on half a year in my new job. I absolutely love my new job and like my new colleagues. I liked my former colleagues, too. ...
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How to decline invite to team dinner when I have a prior engagement?

I am being invited to a team dinner which I won't be able to attend as I have to go for swimming coaching classes every evening. I don't know how to decline the invitation and also politely tell ...
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Senior colleague doesn't respond to my emails

I have a senior colleague with a lot of insider knowledge. He has too much information to write down at one time so I make documentation as I come across issues that require his attention. He's been ...
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Should I talk to a colleague who seems to be suddenly annoyed with me?

I'm in a four person team that is comprised by me, my sister and 2 other guys. One of the two other team members seems to be pissed off about something and I am not sure if I need to address it or ...
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How to deal with manager who refuses to communicate with a team member?

One of the newly appointed managers always keeping an eye and criticizing the habits of one of the employees. He always keeps getting frustrated for one or another reason because of him, As being ...
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How to deal with co-worker who is unwilling to communicate during meetings?

I have a co-worker who communicates very little during meetings. She is very talkative and outgoing in other situations outside the scheduled meetings. My supervisors keeps asking the two of us to ...
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How can I negotiate remote work due to my phobia

I have joined in a new workplace and I haven’t signed an agreement yet. It is the second day. The office is based in a church which isn’t in service but I have megalophobia (fear of a huge structure). ...
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Management micromanaging sprints

I work at a smallish company as a software lead. So far I have lead one team for the full duration of the project, and have been managing my current team for about 6 months. While the previous ...
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Side project turning into job in free time

I am a student and have worked in a 3-person team on a project for some time now. In this team, I have all IT roles (but mostly programming), and am currently having a conflict with a person who has ...
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How to effectively challenge “this is how we always do it”

I have worked in a number of software companies, and all of which have their own idiosyncrasies, which is perfectly understandable. The problem is, that some of these are (objectively) not good ...
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Can I ask for salary break down while replying to letter of intent and other things?

I have received a mail from the company for whose interview I appeared a while ago. However, during interview I forgot to ask them questions such as breakdown (I know forgot the important thing). Day ...