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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Dealing with a situation where my colleague demands i repeat documentation in their format even if it means duplication [closed]

Dealing with a situation where my colleague demands i repeat documentation in their format even when i have it somewhere else already documented with the way i want it to be formatted. This truly is ...
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To ask or not to ask a leading question?

I do not like to ask leading questions. As an example, we were going through a slide deck and there was some statement about P&L in it. I asked: What does P&L stand for? and someone ...
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How to suggest screening process be strengthened without offending?

Disclaimer - Using a temp account as my real account is having login issues with 2FA. I have interviewed a handful of candidates for newly opened Info Sec auditor or InfoSec analyst positions in the ...
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How to Inform Coworkers of Vacation Schedule [closed]

We use Outlook to handle our schedules and the current way we inform people who have a vested interest in our absence is by creating a meeting request for the time out of office and including people ...
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Should I go to the office of a company to discuss a project without appointment?

I'm still a French student, preparing an examination at master level which requires to build a small project with an industrial company. But my situation is becoming really taut: examinations are ...
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What to do when you're completely out of work and your co-worker tells you to “just go and read some documentation” [duplicate]

Some context: I recently started working at a new company that specializes in providing IT services to other companies. As they mainly deal with the network/maintenance side of things they only have ...
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Is it misleading to ask a former co-worker if his company is hiring?

So I asked a former coworker if his current company had any intention of hiring just because I am interesting in working in that particular industry, but not for that particular company? Is this ...
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Not feeling respected in the workplace and that a double-standard is being applied [closed]

A colleague and I have been discussing this recently, so I'm asking to get 3rd party advice more than I personally could get. She has been recently promoted to supervisor going from a senior analyst ...
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Job Application Confusion.. Help!

I applied for a job and did not hear from the place for 2 weeks. Finally the recruitment agency (not the company itself) contacts me about the app saying "sorry, that position was filled, but we have ...
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First project as Dev Lead: Which questions to ask to get solid feedback? [closed]

I'm a mid level developer and I recently (successfully) completed my first project where I was acting as the lead developer. It was a fairly small situation: I was assigned to build something out ...
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How to Handle a Minor Issue Found in a Project that has Ended? [closed]

Background About six months ago we had sign-off for the completion of a software project with an external client and the remaining budget for that project was filtered back into other projects. I was ...
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Client behavior seems to weird. I don't understand how to take it? [closed]

I am working as Technical team lead for a client. My client was happy with my work and I received good feedback. We had recently started a new project. And we faced a few challenges. Because of these ...
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How to be a young and effective team leader? [closed]

Few months ago I was made the team leader of a development team comprising of 3 developers. The situation is such that all of them have more experience than me and are senior in age as well by 1 or 2 ...
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How to introduce yourself to a new contact online?

Long story short, I've been given contact details (LinkedIn) for a person whom is reasonably senior in a company by a current colleague. The person in question is a alumni of my current employer, and ...
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My Superior needs my presence but i have some obligation to do [closed]

How To React to my superior if she/he need my presence but I have some obligation to do first?
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New head of marketing department makes no decisions, has no clue of the market, steals ideas

I'm working as a webdeveloper for a tire wholesaler and OEM wheel producing company (s/w Germany). Together with my dear collegues of the marketing department (8) we are facing an awkward problem ...
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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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The importance of handshake when interviewing [closed]

I had three interviews, this week and last week, at the same company. Last week, both guys didn't seem to have the handshake culture, especially at the end of the job interview. Nonetheless, I passed ...
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How to bring up a project taking longer than it should?

Problem I need to make my boss aware that a project is going to take quite alot longer than originally estimated. The reason is because of unfamiliar technology which I have to learn how to use. ...
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How to better track identities within company? [closed]

One of my responsibilities at work is to perform periodic user access reviews. A frustrating problem has been inconsistent to poor documentation,such as it becomes difficult to map users to roles. ...
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What to expect as feedback meetings from immediate manager? [closed]

Generally how much time one should expect from their immediate manager to spend on feedback to help improve and advance career wise? I am in a case where there are no regular personal discussions ...
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how to deal with a hands off boss?

I just started a new job in a new field after completing my graduate degree. I'm working in a startup of about 20 people, and my team - research - is three people. While we have weekly status ...
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Speaking to upper management without hesitation [closed]

I have been in industry for the last 4 years. First, let me be direct. I am unable to speak clearly with upper management. Often I get very nervous while speaking to somebody who is very senior to me....
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What are the list of Office Etiquette which as a beginner must have ? [closed]

About me : I have just graduated and started working on a new startup in its product development phase. The team is about 6-7 people. I am by nature an introvert a really calm type of person, i don't ...
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Need help with writing Professional Emails to clients? [closed]

I have joined a software development company as a software engineer trainee/intern. I am learning the development processes of the project for which i have been hired. I work in the offshore team for ...
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How should I behave well when I meet with my director? [closed]

Well, I'm doing a job in a private institute. The director is very nice person and supportive. I have to give status reports of my job, he has given me one job and it's going to one entire year and it'...
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How to deal with an bad project manager? [closed]

I am in charge of producing web applications, internal software, and other apps at MEGACOMPANY. I have pretty good say on these projects and can work on what I want within reason but at the same time ...
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Is it better to ask or not send a thank you? [closed]

Recently, a friend had a Skype interview where they, unfortunately, did not catch the interviewer's name, though it was mentioned once at the beginning of the interview. The area is medicine, and ...
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What are some tips for apologizing to my CEO for missing a very important meeting? [closed]

So this morning, I went to my office expecting to attend this HUGE meeting (overview and intro to procedures on a large grant my organization has been awarded) and learned, too late, that the meeting ...
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Should I report a manager that doesn't do the job? [closed]

I'm struggling with a direct supervisor, who just doesn't seem to pull his own weight. Basically my supervisor is expected to be a "working manager", so his time is split between 15% administrative ...
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«reversing» the question “how you dealt with critique” to an employer

In an earlier post, the questioner asked if, after repeated "complaint[s]" expressed "about some things [in his/her workplace]" HR suggested him/her to leave the current entreprise. Based on answers ...
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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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Dealing with a colleague with strong opinions [closed]

The development department I belong to works closely with a certain expert from the testing department. This particular colleague possesses a unique set of skills for our company (but not in general), ...
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managing through a coworker

Background This is my first serious job and I know too little of the language in this country. I have spent about 6 months with this company, weirdly enough I communicate with most people using a ...
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Need to settle an issue with my manager. How would you approach a discussion?

I had a chat recently with my manager and he clearly has some pain-points, i.e. he is frustrated with something about me. During the recent meeting, he told me that I delayed one of the NN mio. ...
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How can I make a lazy/busy person respond to my email? [duplicate]

Imagine I sent an email with a question to a person working in the UK in an organisation with relaxed work standards. Technically it is his responsibility to reply but in reality I cannot complain to ...
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Explaining the value of a forecast to the layman [closed]

Im currently working as a data analyst at non-profit. After doing most preliminary work of cleaning the data sets and making them useful for graphing, I find that whatever forecasting methods I use ...
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Manager does not develop employees [duplicate]

I'm working as an offshore Senior ERP Developer with a BPO Company for over a year now and my Manager and peers are working in the United States. I've been successfully been taking on large projects ...
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Perceived disrespect from other team [closed]

Where I work there are several software programming teams all focusing on different products using completely different technical stacks. I've noticed a somewhat disturbing pattern in that I perceive ...
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What are the good and bad effects of following hierarchical structure strictly? [closed]

Certain managers and leads, in particular, enforce certain rules that create a culture of hierarchy. For Example, one has to keep his reporting manager informed before having any cross team ...
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Based on the circumstances, should I continue to maintain contact with colleagues of a former place of employment? [closed]

I did some contract work for a distributed team that looked and felt like it was one of those organizations I have dreamed could and should exist where engineers come together for certain tasks ...
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How common is it for recruiters to ghost candidates after verbal offer? [duplicate]

I received an email saying that the company in question wanted to make me an offer. I replied back in positive terms and said that I would need to look at the contract. Almost a month has passed and ...
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how to say something during an interview that you should never say? [closed]

Ive been approached by my old team to become a supervisor my current manager was the one to announce me that they are interested in interviewing me and wanted to see if I was interested. I want to go ...
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Handle situation about phonecall with client [closed]

Background: A week ago, a coworker receive a email from one of the company's client. In that email they ask about review a "problem" with the results of a report - he didn't say which report exaclty. ...
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How to start pursuing a written conversation after a while? [closed]

I've communicated with an office for a while about a request. After a few weeks I want to pursue this conversation by asking more information. I'm communicating via E-mail. I'm not sure how rather ...
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Should I call or talk directly? [closed]

In my office (i mean it's not mine) has a telephone where connect my room and my boss room, I want to talk something to her, Should I call or go to her room and talk directly?
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How to grow a backbone in a corporate environment?

I could make a long list of what I don't like about my current boss or company but I'll spare this information, instead I will make a list about my own mistakes and errors: Not communicating my needs ...
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How to protect myself in unfair environment [closed]

I am a newish programmer (around 3 years of experience). We have a test group of about 1-3 people. So, the apps don't get really tested well AT ALL, e.g. maybe one tester checked the changed page, not ...
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How long do I need to wait before sending a follow up email or IM to someone in my company when they are not replying? [duplicate]

An email was sent on Friday and it's now Wednesday and I have no response yet. I've seen this question asked about interviews, but this was to someone in the company I already work at. I wanted to ...
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Is it professional to question my boss about their constantly interrupting me? [closed]

I’m in my school’s co-op program and the last placement I was a solo developer. There were communication issues between me and my boss and I would like to avoid such in the future. Every hour my boss ...