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 our CEO to step back from development processes?

We don't have such titles, but I am basically the CTO. Our CEO/Founder is a passionate developer himself, but due to his management tasks, his skills are a bit outdated. We are good friends, know ...
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Communication between two vendors of the same client

There are two vendors working for the same client in different departments One of them, let us call them 'A', looks into the global IT operations, improvements and projects. The other one, 'B', ...
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My boss says I lack communication skills. What does this mean and what should I do?

I am on a 12 month internship. I am a bit introverted and English is my second language. My manager told my prof that I am doing fine but I am not good at communication. I was wondering if you could ...
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The new project my team is supposed to start makes me feel a déjà vu of a past failed project. How to proceed?

Background The company I work for has the HQ in the Central Europe and a very important branch in a Eastern European country (within EU though). Many important projects start in the HQ with hybrid ...
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How to convince my employer to give me unpaid leave so I can take an internship overseas

So I work as a software developer for a startup consisting of ~20 people in Europe which is doing very well. I've been working here for a year and a half which is all of my work experience. I'm also ...
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How to deal with violent language from superior in workplace

Background: I am junior developer (about 1 year of experience) who was recently hired at a company smaller than 150 people less than 6 months ago. The web software team is made up of less than 5 ...
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Clash of working styles with boss

My boss and I have different working styles and I'm out of ideas for how to address this. First, I want to be absolutely clear. On a personal level he and I get along great. We go out for a beer ...
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How to stop the sales department from selling functionalities that don't exist

Our sales are selling stuff without consulting the technical team. I am about to lose my temper - this is a difficult situation because the CEO seems to be siding with the sales. We already had ...
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Best way to screen calls

My boss doesn't like to take calls that he's not expecting but I'm not always sure who he's expecting. If a client calls and asks to speak to him, I ask who is calling and find it easiest to say "let ...
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How to tell a coworker that their communication is confusing, because they speak off topic? [duplicate]

I thought maybe this would be a better fit for interpersonal.stackexchange.com but noticed a lot of answers given there are strange. I recently started working for a small company. In the interview I ...
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I don't know what my business is about, how should I go about learning the basics? [closed]

I'm an Engineering Student, I've made a product, and I want to market it. Apologies if this is in the wrong group. I've spent ages on all the video learning websites, trying to understand how to ...
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My shift got cancelled, someone wants to explain the reason by phone; how should I take it?

I work for a few different marketing agencies. They get contracts with different clients to promote their products in retail stores. For a month I had been scheduled to work a particular shift that I ...
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How do I politely say I want to be rolled off to a project? [closed]

I suffering from bipolar disorder and the daily night shifts doesn't help my condition either. I want to be rolled-off in the project but I do not know how to say or start with this in a polite manner....
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Is there a word for “trying overly hard to appear efficient”? [closed]

A coworker always adds way too much to everything she does, in (what I think is) the effort to appear smarter and just oh-so efficient. Using multi-syllabic words when one syllable will do. "...
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How should i ask my boss about remote work that he promised?

A few months ago I received a raise that came with the possibility of one day of remote work per week. The raise was reflected on my salary on the next pay but the remote work wasn't. How should I ...
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How to set boundaries and define my role with the people above me?

I am a senior developer working in this team for 4+ years and have deep technical & functional knowledge about 3-4 internal applications that this team is managing. Involved persons: Developer (...
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How do I deal with my supervisor praising everything I do?

It may not sound like a bad thing, but my Scrum Master/supervisor tries really hard to reach a 'casual-friend' status with everybody he supervises. To this end, he rarely talks about shortcomings, ...
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What to do about (new) manager simply ignoring me?

I work part time for an agency. My manager recently got replaced. Understandably she does things a differently, and may even be learning the position herself. Sometimes when I ask questions she simply ...
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Would it be ethical to privately tell a colleague that our boss will probably fire him soon? [duplicate]

Big IT company. Today, my colleagues of our team project (5 people) except one developer (let his name be John) and I were invited to talk with our boss. It gets out that our boss wants to replace ...
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Request from management that I disagree with

Posting from real account now I work on the IT security team at my employer as a senior analyst / engineer. A part of my job duties is performance reporting to senior management on certain ...
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How do I deal with a networking opportunity that's ambivalent about staying in touch?

I work with a STEM education nonprofit. A few weeks ago, I reached out to a local science museum hoping to establish a relationship and work on joint projects. I heard back from one of the people ...
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Does management has a spy on floor? [closed]

Recently the company I joined which had made some people redundant and there was a meeting to make sure no one else is getting laid off, but since then a guy is always hovering the floor like keeping ...
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Senior Developer Feeling stuck by toxic coworker and annoyingly jokey manager

I'm a front-end engineer and have been in the field for a little over 4 years. I feel like I am stuck at my current position, with no room for growth. Currently, I am a senior front end developer on ...
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Should I betray my colleagues? [closed]

Disclaimer: the story described here happened few years ago and it's all over. I did take some actions back then, but I'm wondering until today if I did the right thing. Very small company, startup ...
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How to respond to single letter replies in IM?

I am working in IT and this question is about my Indian colleagues. This is about chatting over Instant Messaging(IM) like Lync, Skype etc. Sometimes, I used to get single letter replies like below. ...
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I can't understand my foreign born colleague

This colleague I'm sure is very technically proficient, however their very thick accent makes it hard to follow them when they're giving presentations or when they're trying to speak with authority ...
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Is pointing finger in meeting consider bad?

I am not a native British but generally in a large group when we want something from someone, we point out to them or say name, so in our scrum meeting (as it is large), I pointed out X to sit me with ...
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Approach sick days in feedback meeting

I have a team member who is performing well, but has regular sick days (~1-5 a month). I fully trust him and if he needs those days, there is a valid reason; he follows all the company policies for ...
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Best approach to remind boss about raise they mentioned?

I am an intern for a small software company, due to me not having a car, i often rely on coworkers or ride sharing services to get to work. My boss found out and approached me, saying that he would ...
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New manager gives schedule hours without warning (e.g. 3 hours). How to find her manager?

I work for a marketing company that staffs various events. Our regional manager keeps getting changed for some reason. The new one I’ve had difficulty with. On several occasions she just ignores my ...
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What should I write in an apology letter, since I have decided not to join a company after accepting an offer letter

I had accepted an offer letter from an employer 45 days ago, but now I got another (better) offer letter from a different company. Now I am wondering, what should I write in a letter to HR at the ...
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How to proceed when a manager doesn't answer emails but reads them? [duplicate]

How would you deal with a operations manager who does not reply to emails which call for a specific actions. He was heard saying "if they need me they know where to find me".
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What attitude is most constructive while working with a very sensitive manager?

I've been at my current company for several months. I have a boss with whom I really need to walk on eggshells. He reads a lot into the tone with which I say things. Of course, most people attach ...
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How can I encourage a colleague to use a more productive communication style?

I'm working with a remote colleague who is an expert in a technology we use in our current project. Often there are minor communication issues, some things get lost in translation etc. Nothing too ...
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Prospective job postponed by employer

Recently I went through interview process (3) for a job I really wanted. I receive an email follow up today from the employer, stating that they’ve decided to put the position on hold for now, and ...
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How to officially communicate to a non-responsive colleague?

I have a colleague that works in different building. I only know this colleague by name but not by the person, meaning that we never see each other face-to-face. I have a work that is dependent on ...
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How to deal with boss that ignores their company?

I work for a somewhat small business (8 people), which I will refer to as "Company A". The CEO of Company A also happens to be the CEO of "Company B" which has only a couple more on-site employees ...
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My coworkers think I had a long honeymoon. Actually I was diagnosed with cancer. How do I talk about it?

I work in a large team (~50 headcount) at the head office of a large multinational bank. Last year I was diagnosed with cancer - thankfully a very survivable form of it. I had an operation to remove ...
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Phrasing an apology/ correcting possible misunderstanding

A couple of weeks ago I met a highly respected person in my field working in a C-suite position, during the smoking time outside, we chatted a bit, and he was interested in what do I have to offer, so ...
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Should I leave my job because of my boss/co-worker's personality? [closed]

I started a junior-level software job in January and my boss and I are the only devs who work onsite. There are two others who are brand new so for most of the time I've been at the company, my boss ...
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How to respond to hello pings which wait for response before getting to the point? [duplicate]

I have observed in several work places that people will ping me via Slack/Hangouts/etc. with a very basic hello message: Hey SomeUser Then they will wait indefinitely for me to respond before ...
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How can I stop my presentation being derailed by audience questions? [duplicate]

To begin with, we have a diverse team from different background. They speak a different language than what I speak, so often they communicate and I don't understand or communicate at all. Problem: On ...
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What's the most polite way to tell a manager “shut up and let me work”?

I'm the youngest/most junior in my office and often one of my managers will come and give me something to do or change some requirement for a project, then just stand behind my desk repeating the same ...
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Convincing my supervisor to do academic work from home

I am currently doing my master's thesis in cooperation with a company. I set myself a deadline to submit the thesis for review by my supervisor at the university at the end of June. Besides the fact ...
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Should I disclose a colleague's illness (that I should not know about) when others badmouth him

Recently I found myself in a situation where I just had no idea what the best course of action could be. I went back to my old workplace to get some paperwork done. While I was waiting for the person ...
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Is it rude not to use honorific address in email to a person with a higher position from another site company?

When responding in a chain email where there is a discussion including our department manager and department manager from another site (different country). What I observed for my two years in the ...
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How are you supposed to get any work done when the whole day is meetings? [duplicate]

I'm in a very small department, about 15 people, and we spend most of the day in meetings that aren't necessary, either all together, 1 on 1s, or 3-4 person groups. I usually only get about 30 minutes ...
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Should I agree or comply to record myself giving lectures?

To provide a bit of background, my company does both technical projects and "teaching projects" in which someone from my company goes to another to teach them how to use certain technology, framework, ...
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Farewell speech to a colleague whom I do not know well

I have recently taken over a team and a colleague is retiring soon. Please give some tips on what to say in his farewell party. This is especially tough as I do not know him well, nor have I ...
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How to deal with a colleague who is being aggressive?

I’ve found that a relatively new addition to our team is being needlessly aggressive and I’m not sure if I should speak to them or our mutual manager about this face to face, or try some other ...