When you’re responsible for managing employees, it’s important not to slip into a habit of managing with emails. Your employees are your team. Imagine if a football coach emailed a game plan to his players instead of reviewing it with them in person. It’s hard to get excited or motivated when you’re simply reading words.

In psychology, it’s generally agreed that 55 percent of communications is body language, and 38 percent is the tone of voice.  Only seven percent of communication lies in the actual words we say.  Emails and text, although incredibly useful for many reasons, are pretty ineffective at conveying emotion, clarifying strategies and for making sure your team members are all on the same page. A single two-sentence email can be interpreted in several ways.

Most managers know this, of course. They hold weekly meetings to discuss numbers, goals and strategies. In addition to the requisite meetings, I recommend a few best practices to help build a strong team bond: Read More