my manager wants to be cc’d on all my emails

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A reader writes: My manager asks me to copy him on almost any email correspondence I mention to him. (So much so that I avoid mentioning I’m contacting someone; instead I try to report outcomes, not processes.) We’re in a field (maybe this is all fields) where it’s common practice to call colleagues to ask about collaborations—it’s easier to talk about touchy subjects and tends to get better results. He does this too— but often if I mention talking with colleagues, he says, “You should email them and copy me.” Often, when I do add him to an email, the responders delete him from the string—it’s often the collaborative team I’m working on plus my manager on an email I originate. . . .

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