Come prepared with a solution so that you don't seem like a complainer.

Office problems range from workflow inefficiencies to personality conflicts. Employees often have front-row seats to observe this kind of drama and system failure but may not feel empowered to discuss issues with managers or executives who have the power to intervene.

While reluctance to rock the boat is understandable, workers should realize that many company leaders appreciate hearing about problems, even from young employees.

"I think most company cultures are very open to someone on their team bringing up concerns," says Tracie Sponenberg, senior vice president of human resources for The Granite Group, a plumbing supplies distributor. "The younger generation is coming in with terrific ideas. It's a smart business move to listen to them. It would be a terrible idea to discount the ideas of the technology-savvy young people coming into the workplace."

To successfully talk about problems in the workplace, have confidence and be tactful, say expert members of the Society for Human Resource Management. They offer their insight below about how clear, thoughtful communication can make tough discussions easier and more productive.

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