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 deal with programmers who think there is “one true way” to write software? [closed]

I've been coding for iOS for years now, and I'm continually finding that I encounter programmers who believe there is one true way to write software for iOS; typically these are guys who have very ...
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How to deal with a situation where my colleague thinks being simple is more important than being correctly organized in my documentation [closed]

I have a common shared task with my colleague where we need to get some work done by another team that has jumped in to help us with some dead lines coming up, since the 2 of us don't have the ...
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How should I initiate communication with a prospective employer/interviewer?

I met an employee from a company who's placements I will sit for in the next year. He, along with 2 of his colleagues had come to university to monitor that company's student program of which me and 4 ...
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How to make my fellow club members communicate with me [closed]

I am volunteering at a local student musical club. We are planning to do a musical production once a year. Although the whole ensemble is highly motivated and capable we have some problems in the ...
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Salary negotiation : Still not convinced by the second proposition [closed]

A year ago, I accepted a job offer despite the suggested salary was way under the average (AVG-4K a year) because : I was fresh out of college, with no experience I didn't know what was the average ...
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Is it alright to be singled out and not told something personal? [closed]

I had a job where my immediate manager was away for several months. After the first couple I asked what was happening and was told he was sick and no one new more than that and they didn't know when ...
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How can I make sense of this communication style? [closed]

During the exit interview I mentioned that I wanted to quit just 6 months into my job because the senior developers did not want to mentor me or even answer my questions at times and it was getting in ...
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Is an emloyee training a challenge for HR or any other manager? How to make it efficient? Are there any specific tools? [closed]

I would like to know what are the most frequently met problems while onboarding and training employees in organizations with 1000+ employees. How to deliver important information to them and make sure ...
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How to avoid frustration when working with engineers with different ways of working [closed]

I am working with a developer who does the following: 1) Does not respond to questions you ask in a timely manner (takes anywhere from 35 mins to hours to get back). We're all working with some ...
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How do I handle a senior coworker who breaks things in my part of the project which gets blamed on me?

One of my colleagues, who is a senior developer with 5 years at the company, works on things I am responsible for but usually ends up breaking things. I get blamed for it because I am responsible for ...
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How to recover lost soft skills> [closed]

I feel that my interpersonal skills could use some work. What methods or resources do you use to brush up on your interpersonal skills if you're not a natural social butterfly?
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Ask for appraisal

I have been working in a small company for almost 2 years, but it seems that I still could not request for any appraisal from my direct manager. So how should I go about that? Is it this company got ...
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How can ask professional for forwarding my e-mail to person who is responsible for purchases? [closed]

I try to expand my distribution network. I have big database with potential companies. For some of them I know who is responsible for purchases but for most of them I have just e-mail of sales ...
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how to focus on work at hand and prioritzing task [closed]

I am a web developer and i am not too smart with coding or a fast learner, i wanted to know tips to be more focused. Be fast and produce result. I have a habit of refactor code or indent code etc. I ...
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asking for change in work assigned to m [closed]

I have newly joined existing project team,i am not happy with the current work assigned to me by the team lead, can i ask my lead for change in module
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How to communicate as a new employee and foreigner [closed]

I am new to USA, so culture, language and everything for me is new and it's been a few months that I'm hired in a company. Totally, I'm a reserved person but would like to have friendly ...
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How can I remind my boss to add me to a group where I have some work to do?

I want to remind my boss to add me to a developer's group. I already messaged him on Slack last week, but want to remind him again. How can I ask him without bugging him? He is really a busy guy.
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No email communication after accepting a formal written offer. How should I phrase the call? [duplicate]

Background info: So I was offered an position in a very small company (<50) in UK. The letter was in an email with the letterhead and the signature from the guy who interviewed me and I think he ...
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A new colleague told me he does not want to stay with our company? Should I inform my manager? [duplicate]

My question is different from this and is not a duplicate because 1) I am not friends with the mentioned guy 2) I am the new team lead for the project and i am suppose to invest time in training ...
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When is it appropriate to “go up the ladder” when someone isn't doing their job and it's affecting you? [duplicate]

Here is the situation: We need maintenance done on a utility supply that a machine we have can't run without. It's a somewhat crucial piece of equipment and time is money here (but then again, where ...
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Is it out of place in this situation to speak up to get what I want?

I currently share an office with a very abrasive and downright annoying coworker who is in the process of being relocated to another department. This means that the office her and I occupy will be ...
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How can I convince someone to answer something that her reply ignores? [closed]

I volunteer for a charity where I help clients complain to the government. Difficulty and my attempt A client couriered a complaint to a corporation. Though the courier confirmed delivery, my client ...
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How can I not take bugs found in software I work on personally? [closed]

For a while, I'm being reported of strange bugs that are related to my code but once I investigate, I find those could not be eventually bugs. Example: some data is NULL in the database, but the ...
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Telling someone they are horrible at making coffee

In my office we have a coffee machine that was my idea to get. The VP was nice enough to go out and buy one on the company dollar, and she also supplies the Milk/Sugar/Coffee grinds as well. Now I ...
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Resigning from job [duplicate]

Hi there just need advice. I'm just wondering do I have to tell my boss that I'm leaving before I hand in my resignation?. Or can I just give my resignation with 3weeks notice?.
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Salary issue and employer betrayed me [closed]

Recently, I got an offer from good and popular company. I discussed with my current employer about the offer, and he promised to increment my salary immediately. He was also a former-employee of the ...
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What should I do if client request my staff personal phone number? [closed]

I am doing Software Development and sometimes we have mis-developments. Some customers request that I give the personal phone number of my staff members to do the claim directly. What should I do? ...
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Position change. How to start a talk with boss if I'm confused with his arrangment? [closed]

I graduated from uni last September. I've got a job as a administrative secretary in finance department. The company is foreign invested and the job is well-paid. Even though being an administrative ...
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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 you be disciplined for how a work colleague interprets your communication to them? [closed]

I have an incident in my workplace whereby a colleague has made a comment to my line manager that they found something I said strange and they could not understand why I asked the question in front of ...
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How to deal with colleague's extreme inflexibility and communication issues [closed]

I'm managing a colleague who is on the Autism spectrum. I find it quite challenging. For example, he's really inflexible. We have some regular tasks we perform, which aren't very important in the ...
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Locked out of the job application portal [closed]

I applied to a job position where I got rejected and no communication was made from the company. Job position was re-opened around 1 month later, so I reapplied. I believed (at least at the moment) ...
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is this client exasperation? [closed]

I've had to ask a client of ours who works as a government contractor what versions of software he requires. Every project at our company requires a TAP. A document outlining the software and versions ...
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How to talk to boss about salary and bonus? [duplicate]

My sister has been working for this pharmaceutical company in India for over a year. While she joined last year, they promised her a raise at the six months mark but they didn't keep the promise. She ...
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How to deal with coworker constantly sucking snot in the workplace [duplicate]

A coworker of mine has been under the weather for a few weeks now and has developed the habit of loudly sucking his nose every minute or so. It has caused everyone sitting within 20 feet of him to ...
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How can I behave when I will be ignored as a team member after my resignation? [closed]

I'm a software engineer and I worked in a startup for 11 months.Two months later I got a job offer and I resigned from my actual post and I'm still making the award period. After the resignation of ...
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My co-workers knowledge doesn’t match my concept of their roles [closed]

I'm a junior developer and recently joined my company. There are developers and consultants. Some people are just consultants without programming knowledge. I'm working on an important project where ...
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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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Asked artist to draw an observation area — she drew a barrel [closed]

I have a project for which I needed a room drawing which includes an observation area, from which between one to three people can observe a number of other people working below them. In response to ...
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Coworker's extended bathroom use [closed]

I work at a smallish (30 something person) company based in NYC. The office consists of 2 floors, with most of the engineers on the first floor and the executive staff on the second. Due to the ...
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Reckless use of very toxic PC cleaner in closed workplace, how to tell them to stop using it? or am i overreacting? [closed]

EDIT:Thank you very much for all the answers, either by giving how to approach my coworkers which is something i really needed or with facts about canned air. Which is looks like i was overreacting. ...
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Should I capitalize only 1 word in a sentence to stress it? [closed]

The context is professional business writing, to a client or superior. Instead of using bold and italics, is capitalizing only 1 word professional? E.g.: Please do NOT resend anything already ...
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Is this polite or condescending? [closed]

A supervisor requested that I forward her a log, which I sent her immediately. She then asked for the same in a different format, which I sent immediately. 30 minutes later the supervisor stated that ...
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How do I ask my employer for a contract after working here for nearly 3 years without one? [closed]

I work for a small company that has only 4 employees (2 directors and 2 workers). I am one of the 2 workers. I have been working for this company from its beginning. They did not give me a contract ...
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How to say just “Thanks” via mails in office environment? [duplicate]

There were many situations I wanted to reply back saying just "Thanks"... Ex 01: Requesting a leave of absence and when getting a mail that it is approved... Ex 02: Requesting a some file ...
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The head of the IT department is unqualified [closed]

I work at a company where the head of the IT department has no background in IT she has been there for years. She knows nothing about APIs coding new software. The executive teams also have no idea ...
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Recommended software for centralizing IT documentation [closed]

I've been promoted in my company's IT department, we have 3 developers, a DBA and a Sys Admin. and one of the first major projects I want to tackle is updating how we manage our department's ...
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Temp-to-Perm Question [closed]

Ok.. so let's start with the fact that the staffing agency I work for is an unusual one. They told me when in a temp-to-perm position, like I am in now, that they keep you as a temporary employee ...
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I have a friend who got written up at work for behavoral issues. [closed]

This is the actual write up: Employee A while working mentioned to Employee B that today was the 1 year anniversary of her daughters death. Employee B said that she had heard the story and quickly ...
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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. "...