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When to use “We” versus “I” in a professional email?

I'm trying to explain to a coworker when I use "We" versus "I" in my work emails going outside of the organization, but I don't know myself. For example, Hello, This morning we were unable ...
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Euphemism for diarrhea

I've recently been having diarrhea and may be calling in sick to work tomorrow. I work at a small company, so typically this involves emailing my manager and team with something like this: Hi ...
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A boss who rejects questions, or chooses not to discuss reality [closed]

What word would describe, "a boss who rejects questions, or chooses not to discuss reality"? He consistently defers to a lighter topic, or flat-out avoids contact.
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What does title “Cost Effective Web Design” signify in English? [closed]

When addressing on search engines or even writing an email about a business query for a cheap web designer does the statement pass on the message clearly "Cost Effective Web Design" or Should I use a ...
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Can “keep up the good work” be used for praising a co-worker? [closed]

Is "keep up the good work" a polite thing to say to your co-workers? I'm under impression that only someone from higher position has the privilege to say this. When replying the emails to a co-worker,...
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Expression to describe the curse of being at higher positions in a workplace

Rising up the corporate ladder is good, it comes with increased salary, reputation and other good things but there are also certain curses associated with such a change. For one thing, your friends ...
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Is there a term for the amount of time one devotes to a job, as in full-time, part-time, half-time?

This question came up when I was posting job openings on a website and needed to list the various aspects of each position using label/value pairs, like so: Benefits: Included Availability: ...
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How to say someone out of office in short time on phone call?

I usually pick a phone that addresses to my collogues who is not in the office for 5 or 10 mins. They probably go to the other departments and will come back soon. I usually tell that "He is out of ...
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What is a work-appropriate “small” object for a joke? [closed]

Trying to think of a way to make this joke work-appropriate. "If we store GPS coordinates to a precision of 10 decimal points, we could even measure the size of your [expletive deleted]." What is ...
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What is “a room a company provides for eating food” called?

Companies provide a room which has tables and chairs. In some companies, the room may have other things such as refrigerators and microwaves. I have been calling this place pantry, but I noticed that ...
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Dream company or dream work place?

How can I call companies that I would really like to work in (and let's say no matter how badly people are talking about them)? 'List of my dream companies' or 'List of my dream work places'? Or ...
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What is an “IT” person called who isn't a manager? [closed]

What is an "IT" person called who isn't a manager? An information technologist? I'm writing short biographical articles and beginning each with a summary of their work history. E.g. Sam Jones: ...
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Is there a single word (or expression) used to describe a person who does their job only when their boss is watching?

"Quick the boss is coming, we need to look busy" Is there a single word (or expression) to describe a person who only does their job while someone (the boss/manager) is watching, but who does ...
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Politer word to refer to a 'cleaner'

Is there a polite way to refer to someone who is responsible for cleaning at work?
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Is “Where do you sit?” correct for asking someone where their workspace is?

At work, if I had to ask someone where exactly they worked, as in where their workspace/cubicle is, what should I say? Is "where do you sit?" the usual thing to say? I'm from India and hear this ...
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Paternity vs. Paternal vs. Parental Leave [closed]

Which one is the most commonly used to describe a leave taken by a father in the United States?
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Finding a better way to do something

Suppose my boss asked me to complete a task, and the standard method takes a week of my time. But I did some research and I found another method, which only takes a day, but is equally good! How ...
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going home and going to work [duplicate]

The other day I've learned that you cannot use "to" in the sentence "I am going (to) home". At the same time, you should use "to" with other place names. For example, I am going to work. Could ...
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Word for a task which is flawed or doomed to failure but which you have to do anyway?

I'm looking for a word which describes a task which I think is poorly designed and will lead to either mediocre results or failure, but which I have to do anyway, especially in a work setting. The ...
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Are there any better (perhaps business-oriented) alternatives to “pitting against” for this situation?

Recently a colleague demonstrated a shared Microsoft OneNote notebook in which he and other members of his team posted their weekly accomplishments in sort of bulleted lists. The idea was that they ...
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Term between 'mentoring' & 'rubber ducking'

This may be a Programmers Stack Exchange question, but I don't think so, because I don't believe there is an accepted term for this in the industry, so I turn to all of you for suggestions. Say I'm ...
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Ideally, how old would the company you work for be?

Let's say I'm asking people about characteristics of their ideal workplace. "Ideally, how old would the company you work for be?" "Ideally, how many people would also work at the company you ...
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What is a word for an employee of a company that deals with community-related matters?

As in someone who interacts with the greater community and enforces an ethical code within the company. We came up with a few possibilities like "Crime Prevention Officer" or "Public Liaison Officer", ...
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Question related to cover letter [closed]

I have a few queries regarding how to write a cover letter: "make a real contribution as member of your team." or "make a real contribution as A member of your team." "If I may be a further ...
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What is a positive word for “deadline” that's < ~10 characters?

What is a more positive word for "deadline" that has also comparable length as "deadline" (~8 characters) so it's easy to type (hence more likely to catch on)? I'm a fan of positive reinforcement if ...
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Is it offensive to use “Red Tape” in a sentence?

I need to reply to an email and I wanted to clarify to the other person that: I understand exactly what needs to be done on the technical side but I'm not familiarized with the red tape involved ...
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Distinction between pre-hire onboarding and post-hire onboarding [closed]

Wikipedia talks of onboarding as "the mechanism through which new employees acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, and behaviors to become effective organizational members and insiders." And about....
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People who use “no” in every sentence [closed]

I want to know whether using unnecessary "No"s and negations paints individuals with a negative/insulting attitude. Examples from my dear workplace. Example 1: 1: "Hey Eric, today is so warm." 2: "...
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What does “toolbox meeting” or “toolbox training” mean?

What does "toolbox meeting" or "toolbox training" mean? The context is "Incident Report/ Toolbox meeting minutes /signed attendance sheet"
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Non-union-affiliated shop steward

I'm looking for an English word or short phrase to convey a meaning which is similar to “union representative” or “shop steward”, except that the person in question is not (necessarily) associated ...
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What do you call the position leveled after Junior, but before Senior in a company? [duplicate]

I would like to refer to the intermediate level of a Human Resources Analyst position. Alice got promoted, so she is not a Junior HR Analyst anymore. However, she is not a Senior HR Analyst yet. ...
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Like “relinquish” but less extreme

What alternatives are there for relinquish or abdicate in a business setting? For example: Business X is willing to [relinquish] their preexisting partnership for this opportunity.
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alternatives for “guy”

I'm working in an English big company in Germany. Everybody speak English but most of us as second, or third language. One thing I noticed is that we are all "guys" in the office: "Ask the guy up ...
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How should one answer a business phone?

I am still a bit confused how to receive an external phone call at work. Browsing the internet I find: * Hello? (informal) * Thank you for calling Boyz Autobody. Jody speaking. How can I help you? * ...