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On the surface, a boss or a co-worker who constantly interrupts you may come off as a bit of a jerk. However, it may simply be that in­­ter­­rupting is the only way he knows how to communicate, writes workplace communication consultant Guy Farmer. Keep the following in mind:

 •  Find what works for him. If face-to-face communication with your boss isn’t effective, try other methods, such as email or voice mail. If you’re not sure which to use, it’s OK to ask.

•  Don’t confront; educate. Try to create a situation where multiple individuals learn about effective  communication at the same time, such as a workshop, so that no one feels singled out.

•  Think about the group. Har­­mo­­nious workplace communication is about finding what works best for everybody, even those who fall outside the normal spectrum of communication. This may necessitate adjusting your own expectations of how communication should be.

Certain behaviors should not be taken personally. Instead, focus on a cooperative solution that works for you and the boss.

— Adapted from “Workplace Communication: Interrupting,” Guy Farmer, Workplace Communication Advice.

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