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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Where is the line between being obedient and getting bullied by a boss?

As an employee it is obvious part of the contract that I do the job assigned to me by my boss, and in those terms he has control to a high degree over what I do, when I do it etc. While it's ...
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How do I tell my boss he is being extremely rude?

I work in IT. Recently there was a computer issue that cost the company about 4k. It wasn't preventable, predictable, or my fault. However, it did happen under my watch. When I explained the situation ...
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Employer asked to leave first, then gave 6 months to improve [closed]

My friend work in a small size software company - 15 employees(lets say X) went through a strange situation today, he was asked first by the employer (Lets say Boss B) that If he can leave the company ...
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How to deal with an incendiary email that was recalled

I recently received a critical email from someone who works at a company I deal with. It made a number of broad and inaccurate criticisms of some work I'd done. Copying in several managers for good ...
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Leaving in the midst of a project

I am a fresh masters graduate (graduated Dec 2018) who’s in the midst of a job hunt. My supervisor at the university asked me to extend my thesis research and publish another paper after my graduation....
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My boss is complaining about my personal calls [closed]

I have a new boss last week in same organization. My family called me. After some time he told me 'tell your family when you're in the office to call a lot less'. I told him don't go into personal ...
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How can I deal with my coworker having zero social awareness?

My coworker is ruining what's otherwise a great job. I love all my other coworkers and the benefits are great, but this guy is incredibly offensive and rude. Here's some highlights: He'll make ...
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How to deal with a weeping co-worker

My co-worker weeps due to their family problems at office. They don't seek privacy. I don't intervene because I don't think it is my place to ask about their problems when they are not willing to ...
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Intern is not acceptable. What to do as an apprentice?

I work as a programmer in a small software company (<10 people) for round about 2 years now. I am 25 and in an apprenticeship. A random ~50 year old guy - let's name him Chris - has been working ...
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On-boarding email asks for soft copy and not scanned copy - isn't that contradictory?

As part of the on-boarding process at the new company that I'm about to join, the email asked for soft copies of certain documents/photographs. One line of instruction that got me confused was this ...
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Internally blasted for not finishing work due first quarter by end of January

Situation: On the 2nd of January I had a meeting with my supervisors and agreed on a new task list for the new year, one big task specifically assigned to be finished for end of first quarter (late ...
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Is it common for small-medium sized organizations to respond slowly to possible partnerships for strategical reasons?

I am a technical person who has dabbled in business before, but recently I am trying to make a larger move into business, since I have a good opportunity to get access to certain equipment at no cost, ...
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Coworker is trying to get me to sign his petition to run for office. How to decline politely?

My coworker knows that I live in "his district" and he's been coming up to my desk for the past few days asking me to sign his petition to run for local office. Personally we don't share the same ...
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How do I approach a previous employer about a job opening?

I worked for a construction company on a Federal project as the office admin working at the construction site. Upon completion of the project my employment was terminated as there were no other ...
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How to ask for meetings at evening instead of early morning?

We have to collaborate with someone based in India. As a project deadline is closing in, we started to have daily 8 am meetings. I'm a night owl. I usually wake up around 10:30, and leave work at ...
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When do I let an employee know they are being let go?

I have been "considering my options" concerning one person in my auto repair business. While he is a valuable team member in some respects he also has some interpersonal issues that I don't feel are ...
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How to ask for help/new work?

I started an internship on my last year of university. The goal of my internship was to implement a production planning system. I collected and organized data and implemented some minor management ...
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How to handle myself with a coworker who keeps requesting too frequent status updates, repeating my tasks completely and in full every day?

There is an employee I work with who is effectively my customer, where the work I do is for the benefit of his department, and he represents his department when communicating to me. He keeps checking ...
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Appraisal process disguised as “Dialogue” with my direct manager [closed]

The company I work for initiated (without consulting its employees, just after a few two info meetings) a so-called "Dialogue" process. The process consists of 1on1 sessions with direct managers, ...
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Emailing HR after sending in an application?

Yesterday I applied to an IT position that I am very interested in. In the online questionnaire, there were 2 questions that I could not answer yes to, they asked if I had a specific certification and ...
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I canceled my internship last-minute. Can I expect bridges to be burnt?

I had been talking to company A about doing an internship there. I had several concerns regarding the assignment but I needed it fast, so I applied anyway and got accepted. I agreed to start the ...
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How to deal with inter-team work in a toxic team? [closed]

I work for a company where the manager always justifies the shortcomings as "we are a company that happens to develop software, we're not a software development company". There is the development ...
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How to tell my freelance designer to deliver on time

I have a really talented designer working for me remotely. No complains with his work but he always delivers them late. I couldn't handle it anymore so I stopped sending him work. Just a while ago I ...
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How can I ask my manager more development tasks rather than maintenance and bug fixing?

Background I'm currently at a cross section in my career in a corporate. I'm almost a year working as a software engineer; in that period of time I've passed a team straining about the team's back-...
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Reaching out to an employer regarding an offer letter

Last week Monday, I was verbally told that I was chosen for a role within a moderately sized company (7000 employees). The HR employee told me on the same phone call that I would receive an offer ...
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What to do when a sick employee doesn't respond to communications, and has important data?

There is an employee I have been working with that told me she is sick a week ago. Yesterday, I tried to contact her through the usual channels and she did not respond. Yesterday she told me that she ...
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Remote manager keeps taking it out on the same colleague

I am a young software developer working in a big french tech company. There is this toxic relationship between one of my colleague and our manager that I am really concerned about. There has been many ...
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How can I convince my teamleader that another data structure would be better? [closed]

I am a new hire and my current task is to implement an editor for some data. My teamleader had already made a proof-of-concept of this editor and laid out the data structure for it. Currently the ...
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How to get more concrete, specific, tangible feedback?

I am receiving training for an in person sales position. The trainers feedback was that I appeared stiff. I asked him what I could do differently to appear less stiff and he just said "It looks like ...
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Would it be okay to put “Freelancer / Self-Employed” to cover up 2 years of unemployment gap after graduating college?

I was wondering if I should include any text on my resume and LinkedIn for reasons to why I was not working 2 years after graduating college. And if I should, how should I phrase it other than "being ...
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How to determine when a company will be done with “head counts”

I have been in contact with a company I want to apply to since about September. For reference it is a Biotech company in NY. The two people I am in contact with are from recruiting / on-boarding / ...
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How should I interpret a comment made by a member of management at my new job?

I am almost a month into a job and the CTO says, "It's important to realize that we don't expect you to know everything perfectly. Based on our levels of conversation with you throughout the ...
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How to ask your boss politely if he has some free time

I want to ask my boss if he has some free time. That I want to discus some work. How can I ask it more politely?
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How to politely ask for sources files instead of redoing finished work

I had this problem in past, and this time I want to address it. I am front end developer. I mainly convert design (photoshop, illustrations) files to working web-standard code and make them ...
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Put on embedded project without the necessary skills or knowledge

About a year ago I started working for a small company (10 employees). The position was as a python software developer for a cloud platform. My contract says I'm to work as a "python developer" ...
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Co-worker becoming rude - how to work with him?

I work in an IT department with two others. My other colleague is a very confident type but not very knowledgable. He sometimes messes things up for others and people don't like him very much. ...
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Did I overstep my boundaries by sharing my phone number and including my firm's name in e-mail signatures?

Today, out of the blue my supervisor came to me and asked me to talk in private. I noticed he had a sticky note on his hand, it was my new phone number I had written down and had pasted to the board ...
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Peer co-worker “out-performing” me due to access rights left over from previous role

My co-worker 'Jan' and I have both worked for the company for a couple of years in our respective roles, but in totally separate teams/functions until now. We have now (a few months ago) been brought ...
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How to deal with end of project fears that creep up on me?

Every time I finish a project in each job I start getting fears of getting laid off, my work is such that maintenance is low and it could be handed off to another developer easily. I had a bad ...
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Ghosted by 3 recruiters in a row [closed]

So I've been ghosted by 3 recruiters in a row, that is to say, HR recruiters have messaged me on LinkedIn about interesting job opportunities than just not responded to me. One had a phone interview ...
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Could “Please do it by EOD” considered offensive in the emails?

Without asking for the estimates from the developer, I have assigned some task to a developer and written "Please do it by EOD". The developer felt offended. However, I think it's okay as I am doing ...
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Is it prudent to create multiple online identities for work and personal? [closed]

Would it be considered overkill if you discovered someone had multiple online identities, one which they were using exclusively for work, and the other which was for their personal life?
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Can I put the link to my personal website in my work email signature?

I have a website that basically functions as a resume/project record where I list my various master degree research projects, personal projects, and work history. Since I use my work email to ...
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Unassigned at work for weeks because of poor management

I work in a software startup where one of the co-founders, who works remotely, is my boss. Usually he is the one who assigns tasks to all the developers, and we contact him when we finish our assigned ...
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How to express that I'm not qualified for a task?

There is a task to be done, and there is a dispute over whether Bob or I should do it. Bob doesn't want to do it because it's a pain in the rear. But he has the knowledge, skills, and abilities to ...
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Coworkers can't tell me apart from the only other Asian guy

I work in a big company where I'm one of two Asian guys in my department, and most of my coworkers can't tell us apart. Almost every day someone will email one of us intending to talk to the other one....
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Sent reproachful mail?

My institute was looking forward to use a tool provided by an external institute, but unfortunately their license terms are very strict. After talking to my advisor we decided to look for an ...
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How to respond when someone thanks me for my work in the workspace?

I usually feel confused when someone thanks me for my work at the workplace. In my view, work is what I am supposed to do, and it is my duty. It's difficult for me to respond in a way that makes ...
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Communicate to boss that the task I was assigned feels way to big/complicated

Like about a week ago my boss assigned me to a task, which to me feels way to big/complicated for me considering my minimal skills and lack of experience so far (I just graduated my bachelors degree ...
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How do I proceed when one leader shoots down the tasks assigned by another leader?

So I am less than a month into a great new job. The CTO assigned me some tasks and then handed me over to the Sen Dev who shot down those tasks as not being that important, which leaves me with not ...