Hey there boss – here are 5 emails you shouldn’t send


A manager should think twice before emailing his employees. Fast Company lists five types of emails that should never be sent.

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Unclear or passively aggressive emails will create insecurity among employees, writes Bonnie Low-Kramen, CEO of Ultimate Assistant Training & Consulting, which specializes in executive development. Here she lists five types of emails that a manager should never send.

The termination email

Google, Twitter, Meta and Spotify have all done it. But firing employees via email is not okay, writes Low-Kramen, who believes that it is both inhumane and demoralizing. In addition to the moral aspect, emails can also be copied and then shared openly on social media. “There is never a good reason to do it,” she writes.

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Perhaps you are worried that an employee will not finish their task on time. But sending a “how are you email” will give the employee the feeling of not being trusted. As long as it is not about a changed deadline, you should trust your employees, says Low-Kramen.

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The red flag email
In a sense, all emails are urgent, otherwise they would not have been sent. But marking emails with a red flag is only done when something is really of the highest priority, writes Low-Kramen. It’s stupid to appear like the boy who cried wolf and it can create stress among employees.

The negative

It is important to think about how an email “sounds” and to never send one with a negative tone. If you are irritated, give yourself time to cool down. If you are stressed, finish writing the email later. All to avoid emails that are perceived as passive aggressive or unclear.

The reorganization email

It can be tempting to get the information out quickly and easily in an email. But major changes should be communicated at meetings where employees have a chance to provide feedback or questions, says Low-kramen.

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