Should feedback be the only part of the conversation with a remote?
I am fully on board that feedback should only be given either in person or on the phone (for remote employees) - never on IM or email. I have a remote employee who I only see a few times a year in person.
My question is this: if I call for feedback, should that be my only purpose, or can it be part of longer conversations? Does the type of conversation matter? For example, if I'm calling him to discuss a project, should I not provide feedback on a different project?
I realize that if I call, we may get on other topics, and I'm ok with that if he brings them up. I'll have the time and it is a great way to enhance the remote relationship.
In the end, I don't want to ruin the impact of the feedback by clumping it in with other things.
Any thoughts and experiences?