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By Damilola Faustino

Email is the best place to interact and communicate at work because it is quick and easy. But we must also remember that work email are for that – work. Some employees, however, now care less about what they send via email, which can be detrimental on many levels. Check out conversations you should only have face-to-face and never via email:

Offering compliments and criticisms

If you have problems with an employee’s performance, you need to talk to the person in person. You want them to get the true meaning of what you are talking about and to change their behaviour immediately. In addition, If you need to get someone back on track or reprimand someone, it is advisable to do it face-to-face. And if you want to give them a nice compliment, maybe even flirt a little, it goes without saying that you stick to physical contact.

Pointing out problems

If you have concerns about your co-workers or other managers in your department, you should have a face-to-face conversation with that person or with your boss about that person. Sending emails about your co-workers is a great way to get caught in work gossip.

Complex and controversial topics

If you find yourself going back and forth on a workplace matter three or more times without conclusion, it is best to pick up the phone or go over and discuss it with the other party. Such controversial topics may not be resolved except you have a one-on-one discussion with whoever is involved.

Announcing changes in personnel

Firings, resignations and other personal announcements should be made in person to the persons involved. If you are the employee, you should never quit a job or give your two-week notice via text or email.

Asking for a promotion or raise

Discussions about asking for a promotion or raise should be held in person. Doing this will give you the opportunity to justify why you should be promoted or given a raise.

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