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 handle false allegations of my behavior and continue performing my job

My question comes from this personal situation: I have to communicate with a third party logistics company on a daily basis. After a routine communication with this company, I was called into a ...
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I received a dinner invitation through my employer's email. Is it OK to attend?

Last week, I received a dinner invitation from an organizer that I never worked with nor heard of. I received the invitation through my employer's email. The location of the event is a well known ...
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How to tell sender they forgot the attachment without embarrassing them?

So I got an email from someone reading "blah blah, X is attached". However the email has no attachments. Obviously they just forgot to attach X before hitting the send button. How should I hint ...
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Overcoming language barrier with co-worker without making a fuss about it?

I have a co-worker who has trouble with English so more often than not what he says is not what exactly he means. This happens in business talks as well leading to work going the wrong direction and ...
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How to deal with a developer who thinks all technical questions should be answered by him only?

I work as a UX Program manager in a large creative team where we take on a number of projects. The team by itself is pretty amazing and I get along with everyone and enjoy learning with everyone. ...
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Is there a simple, non-offensive way to flag “bike-shedding”?

Is there any neat clean familiar way to get across the idea of "bike-shedding"? "Bikeshedding" is when legitimate agenda items or elements of a project which people enjoy or find easy to discuss ...
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I don't want to congratulate a colleague for a poorly done final year project

One of my colleagues told everyone at work that her final year project, an Android mobile app, has been approved. I don't think highly of this project as it is a copy of another app already published ...
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How to deal with stand-up meetings in the open space that have no privacy?

I am in a software development project and we have daily stand-up meetings, which are held in the open space next to other peoples' desks. I would prefer to have more privacy during the meeting, ...
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What's the most professional and constructive response to false accusations?

My boss says that I have done something wrong but I didn't and I have no doubt about it. Regardless of context, what's the most professional response or behavior to adapt when one is falsely accused ...
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What to do when you've put your co-worker on spot by being impatient?

I was impatient (yes one of those 'busy' days). A co-worker only went on a simple 30 minute errand and did not return for hours. I sent a message to our group chat asking if he was still running the ...
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How to behave with women in my company when it's International Women's Day?

Today I woke up and remembered that today is International Women's Day. I am not exactly the person who likes to greet and give wishes to everyone, and I am often kinda embarrassed when I have to do ...
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How do I tell a coworker not to keep asking me to pass on illness/absence messages to our manager?

Maybe I'm being petty, but my friend and co-worker has, on a few occasions now, asked me to tell our manager that e.g. he's not working today or that he'll be working from home because he's sick or ...
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How to take ownership to solve an issue when managers focus on pinpointing person to blame and punish?

When any kind of failure happens at my company, the first question everyone in the hierarchy asks is "Whose fault was it?" I remember once overhearing a conversation where someone replied "It's no one'...
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Co-workers not communicating in common language [duplicate]

I accepted my first job in a country other than my own being assured that English is enough for office communication. Although all my co-workers are proficient in English, they choose to speak their ...
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How can I tell management I'm bored with my current projects?

I'd like to ask how should I handle the following issue. I've been working at a company for about 10 months so far. I was initially hired as a mid-level c# web developer. All the questions during the ...
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How to deal with coworker's health issues that affect my work?

I have a coworker with B12 vitamin deficiency. They take shots every 12 weeks, but become really cranky from week 8 onward, and are very difficult to work with or even talk with. Unfortunately, ...
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Problems with loud, bossy colleague

I just graduated from college and started in this new company 6 months ago. I have a problem with a colleague at work. He is not well liked by other colleagues in the office. He's loud, bossy and ...
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How to get a peer to stop giving me orders

A colleague often instructs me to do work for them. While the instruction is precise, I feel it is not at all my responsibility. For example, he has asked me to print a document that is hundreds of ...
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How do I tell my boss I quit?

I know it sounds simple, but I'm finding it quite awkward to tell my boss I am leaving for another job. The main reasons for this are: My boss is currently looking for more developers due to heavy ...
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How do I get noticed at work? [duplicate]

I work as a junior SQL developer in a small software company. In my project, my team leader assigns me tasks on a daily basis and I usually finish my coding tasks on time. At the end of day, I send a ...
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Can I ask the recruiters in my resume to put the reason why I am rejected?

Not something new, while looking for a full time developer position I am dealing with a huge number of rejections because of aiming too high (probably) and the lack of clear goals (learned this ...
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How to keep my phone number private, when I have to provide a way for students to contact me?

I am an instructor of classes that only run for 1-4 weeks. The facility I teach at requires me include my cell phone number on the class schedule that I give out. However, during and after the last ...
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How to tell a coworker something they did is not okay?

This is no longer an issue but for future reference what is the best way to tell something a coworker did is not okay without making them feel intimidated? For context, we were working on a project ...
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Accidental insult over the phone

Background: We submitted an engineering product to the client, who then has a team review our submission and provide comments which we must resolve. One particular reviewer, Andy (not his/her real ...
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How to react to my superior's demand to come to work when child is sick?

I took two days off because my child is sick and needs to stay home. On the previous week I took half a day off also because of my child's health. On the second day of my absence, my boss wrote me an ...
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My manager is rearranging my workspace without consulting me, should I challenge them about it?

I am the only software developer in a company and I have my own private office. This is relatively rare (but not unique) in this company for a non-manager. I have discovered that they are going to ...
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Should I raise concerns about a co-worker possibly leaving?

I have a very valuable co-worker (I'll call him Joe). He is my senior at the company by a couple of years. I am afraid he is thinking about leaving our current company. Without being too specific, ...
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Should I inform interviewers before calling me that I stutter?

I used to heavily stutter when I was at school. My parents didn't pay much attention to the problem but I started working on it when I entered college. It was hard to completely get rid of it, but I ...
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How can I gracefully interrupt others and take the opportunity to talk?

I am working as an IT Consultant for an US-based Organization. My role is development team lead. I've been having some trouble grabbing the opportunity to talk and add my points to the discussion in ...
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Should I tell a fellow intern that he won't be hired?

I am presently interning at a company as a part of my B.Tech curriculum. This is my final semester, and once this internship ends that is the end of my B.Tech degree. One of my B Tech colleagues ...
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Ignored during introductions to the team

At my office it is customary when a new person is hired that they are shown around and introduced to all of the team and everyone gives a quick explanation of their job role. Today a new team ...
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Jokingly told my boss “I quit” on April Fools, and I think I just got fired [closed]

I jokingly told my manager "I quit" via email (it was longer than that) as an April Fools joke. We get along pretty well normally. Well, it seems my joke was taken a bit too seriously as I just got ...
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Should I tell my new employer that I was told to leave after giving a two week notice?

I resigned and gave two weeks notice. The manager then told me to leave and not to work out the notice. When I begin working at the new company, should I tell them, if they ask, that I wasn't ...
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How do you diplomatically say that something cannot technically be done?

I'm working on the tech side of a company, and the business side sometimes asks for things that cannot be done. Yet, I never want to say "XYZ is impossible". Maybe it's possible but it would take 20 ...
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Employees ignoring procedure changes

When new procedures are sent out via email, it seems as if they are not read and when the employees get points taken off in an audit they act like they do not know about the new procedure. We cannot ...
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Privacy in bathroom at work

I have an issue with the privacy in our bathroom at work. The bathrooms at my company have really big windows and go down to the waist when you sit on the toilet. The problem is that these windows ...
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Coworker CCs boss on trivial email correspondence

I have a coworker who has a habit of CCing our common boss on nearly all email correspondence. The boss is hands-on enough to know what we are talking about but he is also cool and practical enough ...
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When should I include information in my resume to indicate I have a high IQ?

When should you add info that you joined an association that is exclusive to extremely intelligent people (e.g. Mensa)? Researching on the internet implies a general sentiment of no. The reasoning ...
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How can I get a socially awkward team, which lacks good interpersonal skills, communicating more effectively? [closed]

I manage a socially awkward team and this is leading to problems with communication. Ever since I started at the company, and before I managed the team, I noticed how quiet the team was, and how ...
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How to deal with not being told I have a major task to do?

I hope this isn't too big a deal, but it's weighing heavily on my mind. I work in a medium sized company, about 300 people in one office. Recently, a colleague (let's call her Alison) who I had never ...
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How can I turn down a promotion gracefully?

I am about to be offered a very large promotion, but it would require me to relocate which I don't want to do. I will hear out the offer, but am almost sure I will end up turning it down. When doing ...
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How can I control questions asked during a presentation?

When people give presentations in my company, other members interrupting the flow of the presentation with questions/discussions on minor points can make the presentation lose focus. Personally I find ...
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Manager does not respond to my emails [duplicate]

I am a software engineer from the Ukraine working in a multinational company. My manager is located in the USA. I have a communication problem with my manager that I will explain with an example. I ...
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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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My boss doesn't want me to have a side project [closed]

It all started back in February when I decided to start an e-commerce store. When my boss learned about it, he started talking less and less to me. Some days he doesn't talk to me at all, like he ...
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How can I communicate better with a co-worker who is not a good listener?

I've been working as an engineer in a company. I have been working alone on a large scale maintaining project and there is a project manager beside me. Recently, the company hired an employee who ...
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Non technical manager giving nonsensical implications [closed]

I work in IT, with coding. Our technical manager is away and I've been asked to fix a bug by his non technical superior. So far so normal. Now I've fixed it, hes asked what the problem was, which I ...
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How to turn down gift from the boss after going through hard times?

A few months ago, the company I was working with, was on a shaky ground with our client. The client was unhappy with our performance, and decided to give our company a chance to make things amend. ...
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Improving social interaction at work [closed]

I'm working in a small team of developers and often it's very quiet. While that's a plus, it is sometimes a bit awkward if nobody talks for almost the whole day. It feels like you go to work, program ...
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How should I deal with my team member who shows extreme jealousy?

How to deal with my colleague who is very good, polite and respectful with me personally but when we are together in a group or with whole team, he is the first one to criticize or embarrass me. We ...