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 to stop a colleague about to offend and embarrass everyone [closed]

Obviously, this is still ongoing and has started maybe two or more years ago in my office. One of my coworkers, let’s just call her Sara, used the company’s educational services to go back to school ...
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Got a pay cut for a sporadic project

My friend is a freelancer, he has been working for over a year with another three freelancers for a company. Today he and the other freelancers were notified by email that they will be getting a 40% ...
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New Joining delayed due to COVID-19

I was offered a new job before the virus outbreak. They had emailed me the offer letter and had promised to sent the contract early this week. They were also pushing me to join as quickly as possible. ...
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What's the polite and friendly way to ask your lead for a call?

I am a university student and remotely work for a community, and always communicate with my lead (who is a working lady, and usually busy with her work) on WhatsApp and messenger. Before organizing ...
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How to deal with responsibility enough to manage people but not enough to delegate and make my work easier

In my current company, I have been climbing non-stop for two years, to the point where I have now people I am responsible for. From the get go, I had to work over time since the job demands a lot, ...
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How to deal with a high number of meetings and communication as an introvert

I'm at a stage in my career when I'm taking over coordination/ management tasks for the first time. This means, among others, that I have 4-8 h of meetings every single day. I'm more on the ...
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How do I lean in into a new job without sounding needy

I am fortunate to not only have a job in the current climate, but am paid decently well. However, I am the newest employee in the "team" and about to complete week 4. I work for a relatively decent ...
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Can an employer demand that you turn on your video camera during a conference call when you are working from home?

With everyone working from home with COVID-19 restrictions and participating in online meetings, can your employer demand that you turn on your video stream? Isn't it enough to have your static photo ...
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Forward an Issue to the concern person

The business people sent a mail to us that "The application is failing frequently with same error". They want to us to look into the issue,but we are not the right person. How do we forward this issue ...
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How can I help developers reduce amount of instant messages to my team?

I am the team lead of the IT security team where I currently work. We have recently completed our annual vulnerability penetration testing and now user stories to remediate vulnerabilities are been ...
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How should I address the fact that I'm struggling to work during the pandemic due to anxiety?

I am a software engineer, and I have been in my current position for almost two years now. I am really happy with my job. I enjoy the work that I'm doing (for the most part), the hours are flexible, ...
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How can I get a potential employer to reissue an offer I rejected?

I went through interviewing series with two companies, X and Y, at the same period of time. I reached and passed the final round with company X, and they issued me an offer with a 48 hours signing ...
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How can we increase spontaneous conversations when working from home and using instant messaging?

Given the current state of working from home for many companies, instant messaging is the go-to communication method. After a few weeks of using instant messaging, however, I noticed the distinct lack ...
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When working remote due to COVID-19, should we communicate in writing or using video?

Like many companies, we find ourselves suddenly working fully remotely. I have found some of the guidance we've received seems to differ from articles I've read from people in my profession (software ...
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How to ask if a job “hold” for me is still available?

I was working for two and a half years at an office where they knew I was planning on going for my masters after gaining some real-world experience. They promised to hold my position while I went ...
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Instant Messaging: How to Politely Re-ask an Ignored Question

With the current state of the workplace, many companies now run things from a 'work from home' perspective. My current workplace is similar, with everyone working from home, so there is no way to ask ...
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Politely informing a senior coworker of his very poor and distracting mannerisms

I work for a small software firm (around 10 people) in a generally quiet open office. Usually there's only the noise of mouse and keyboard and occasional work-related discussions. However there's ...
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How to handle a co-worker using Microsoft Teams incorrectly

I work in a small company (10-15 employees). Approximately a year and a half ago we took on employees who work remotely and, as such, we started using Microsoft Teams. Internally we are two teams, ...
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How/should I ask my boss if I can work remotely due to covid19

I am a software developer at a small company located in NY (about an hour outside of NYC). I do not need to be in the office for my job, most of my communications with people is over Teams (messaging ...
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CEO talked to me about letting me go. Now he is trying to keep me, but I want out. How should I communicate this?

I tried to make the title as neutral as possible, but the reality is that "I" (I am asking on behalf of a relative I know well) am doing at least 2 people's job, being paid the bare minimum, and with ...
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Is it professional way to ask for recognition?

I have collaborators in other company who work on similar project. They specialize on technical details, we specialize on applications. We share a lot of information and experience. I shared an idea ...
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How should I handle a dead project that nobody is working on anymore

One year ago me and several other people were assigned to work on a small project (as an addition to our main responsibilities). We did some work, spent a lot of time waiting for third parties, and at ...
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I have been interviewing for my dream job, then things went fast with a different company and I receive an offer, how to professionally manage this?

I have been interviewing for the past two months with a company X that is one of "The big 4", for a dream job. Successfully finished several interviewing rounds and now my last and most difficult ...
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Coronavirus home-office suggestion to managers

Given the recent statistics and information regarding CoVID-19, I find myself worried I might be exposed due to working in a big place with over 500 workers in the office with many of them traveling ...
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How to avoid sounding arrogant when explaining that your more-senior replacement lacks the necessary skills?

I was tech lead on a complex project for nearly 2 years and was eventually transitioned off of it after I got promoted. One of my senior coworkers ("Joe") was assigned to replace me on that project. ...
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How can I deal with irascible, unprofessional manager?

I work for a large-size engineering firm, in the R&D department. I am working there from 6 months by now, and it is my first work after my MSc degree. I like (unsure now) both the company and the ...
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How Should I Handle a Coworker/Friend who is Upset with Me?

I found out about two days ago, that a coworker/friend has been upset with me for months. A few of us were planning to go out after work with our team so we asked [Joe] if he wanted to join us, but ...
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How to communicate tasking to more experienced coworkers?

I work on a small team (10 people) that has about the same number of engineers, technicians and and scientists. I'm an software engineer with a science background, just under 2 years out of undergrad, ...
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My new boss ask me about client's big boss hobby (B2B Account)

I am a B2B sales, and my new boss is asking me to disclose all of my account key person's hobby, and the personality trait and put on the email. Is this proper? He thinks good sales should know it ...
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I got verbal offer few weeks back

I got verbal offer few weeks back, but he is neither responding to emails nor phone calls, have tried mailing interviewing managers as well but no response. I had already called them several times, ...
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How to make clear to manager how things have gone?

EDIT: This is the second version of the question, question clarified I work in a company in a team, let's say A's team. There is also in the close group of workers, B, with whom I am working right ...
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What is the rationale of announcing company restructuring months or even years before it actually happens?

I am working for a IT shared services company that belongs to a large group that operates in Europe and Asia. As I see it the whole group suffered a slight business decline and was forced to shrink (...
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How can I let a coworker know I'm not interested in socializing with him?

There's a coworker at my job who asked me out on my first day and I said no. Since then he keeps trying to socialize with me by sitting next to me while I eat my lunch. I'm really not interested in ...
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Working issue in Software development

I have a friend asking about their software career during issue working in a current company. The company is very small developer 2 contractors and 2 full staff (including CTO). My friend wasn't a ...
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When applying for jobs how to indicate I can't do phone interviews without alerting red flags?

I want to start applying for web design/developer jobs. This would be the first time for me. Phone interviews (or even confirmed by phone) must be a thing, right? I have a speech problem. Face to ...
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Just found I was supposed to be working on a completely different project since 8 months ago. How can I handle this?

Kinda shocked at the moment. I’m a dev who works on a team of about 20 developers. Apparently I (along with another developer) was assigned to complete a specification about 8 months ago. I learned ...
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I was tricked into a terrible promotion

I was asked multiple times to take a position on another shift. I didn't want to leave 1st shift, but was convinced I'd like it. In the meeting that discussed everything I asked that if I didn't like ...
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Is it appropriate to ask a coworker about “what happened” after they suddenly told me that tomorrow will be their last day?

A senior coworker who's been with the company for over 6 years, suddenly approached my desk, handed me their card with info and said, "It has been nice working with you, I told [top boss] that ...
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Are there certain things I can do to become more high profile? [closed]

How do I overcome my communication issues? I am kind of an introverted person and I admit I have communication issues. I am manager of a team and new to my company. I have a feeling that my manager ...
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Where are we supposed to go to when we need some help?

In a big company, we are for example 10 employees simple IT developers and only one IT manager. If I'm new in the company, and no one goes to me to help me to explain me things to do my work... May I ...
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What happens if we do nothing at work? [closed]

Supposing we have passed the trial period at work, and we've got hired. And after that, so, we are in front of the screen of our computer, we does nothing, we twiddle one's thumbs, we click randomly ...
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Found an issue last minute that will further delay the project

We are working on a project that has already been a month delay (due to change requests from client.) After we complete our work include these change requests, we found a performance degrade issue (it ...
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Getting Go-ahead From Team Leader

Another team leader at the company I work for has been using a tool and has claimed to have great success with it. The team I'm working on could also use this tool but it may require some adjustments ...
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Confused whether I need to follow up or not (Interview , Medical check up result)

So I am planning to work in one of the biggest banks in Indonesia, I already followed the recruitment process from online and offline test, HR interview, User interview, and I already cleared all of ...
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How to approach overprotected, unresponsive supervisor to tell him that I'm going on a vacation?

I'm a software engineering student who is currently doing an international internship in Rwanda. Being a European myself there where some challenges before I was able to get all the stuff I needed in ...
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Manager wants to know everything

My manager holds a one hour stand up with the team every day, and has one-on-ones with everyone weekly. This is beneficial for some things, but my concern is that the manager asks many technical ...
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How to approach my manager when he's describing our product incorrectly?

Sometime ago my manager changed and the new one never bothered to understand the product we're delivering. Because of that whenever he's giving a description of our product it varies between a bit ...
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My boss hasn't called me in a week even though she said she would, what should I do?

Location is in the U.S., if that's relevant. I just got hired and went through orientation at this company and the manager told me she would call me to schedule my first shift but it's been 9 days ...
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How to handle rejection of evidence in a work conversation?

Sometimes I report an issue, with my complaint supported by hard evidence (emails, documents, witnesses) but I do not get acknowledgement of the matter from a manager. Example 1: not being paid on ...
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How do I approach a difficult conversation with a colleague?

I have been tasked to work very closely with a slightly more senior colleague at work, he is pretty much overseeing everything I do at the moment. I find it very difficult to work with him because he ...

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