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Four Reasons to Avoid Email

Jason Wong
Published Date:
Jul 5, 2016

LaptopEmail is one of the great innovations in communication, giving both sender and recipient the opportunity to carefully consider their words and answer at their convenience. However, there are a few things that should be done in person, as well as situations in which hitting send should be delayed, according to Time:

Bad news. If you have to give bad news, it’s best to do so in person. Doing it via email makes it seem like you’re trying to dodge a hard discussion, which can come off as cowardly, or worse, immature.

Asking for a raise. Like bad news, asking for a raise or promotion should be done in person. Asking for a raise via email is likely to come off as if you’re not treating the issue with the seriousness that it warrants, and what’s more, asking by email means you won’t be available to answer questions that your manager will probably have.

You’re unsure. Take your time to answer any email where you’re not sure how to respond or if you’re afraid the tone is off. One of the advantages of email is that you can respond on your own time – so if you need to look into the issue or do some research before responding, don’t feel like you’re obligated to reply immediately.

It’s late. You’ll likely be tired after a long day’s work, so you’re probably not going to be at 100%. If you feel you absolutely must write something down, prepare a draft, but hold off on actually sending it until the morning – it might benefit from a fresher perspective.