Yes, you can say that: a guide to tricky workplace conversations

Proven strategies for managing difficult topics at work including confronting that annoying colleague, and asking for a raise.

No matter how much you love your job, there will come a day when you need to have a difficult conversation.

That annoying colleague who just won’t stop talking when you’re trying to concentrate; the team-mate who keeps asking you to do some of their work even though you’re already super busy; the manager who promised you a pay and performance review but never gets around to delivering. These things can occur in even the most vibrant and enlightened workplace culture.

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Dr Diana Carroll is a writer, speaker, and reviewer based in Adelaide. Her work has been published in newspapers and magazines including the Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, Woman's Day, and B&T. Writing about the arts is one of her great passions.