Tuesday 20 March 2018

Don’t use emojis if you want a promotion, warn top bosses

Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

Using emojicons to express yourself in work emails might cost you that much sought after promotion, new research has revealed.

A new study, which found that one fifth of employees believe it’s appropriate to use emojis in professional emails, has found that the icons devalue your work in the office and take a notch out of your credibility.

The research, carried out by Monster in the UK and Ireland, found that 28pc of employees use emojis to praise good work, while 22pc use them to clarify the tone of the message.

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One tenth of workers use emojis to flirt with other colleagues via email, the survey revealed.

Managing director of the company Andy Summer said: "It’s always best to avoid using emojis with senior staff and people you don’t know very well.

“If you don’t have a comfortable relationship with someone, you don’t want to do something that could annoy them.

“It’s important to gauge what is considered appropriate in your workplace before you start adding smiley faces to every email,” he said.

The expert suggested that employees consult the company’s style guide if they are uncertain, and still have a burning desire to use emojis to communicate.

“In more informal environments, emojis are probably okay, particularly if people seem to use them a lot.

“Many companies have style guides that highlight whether or not they’re considered acceptable, but a general rule of thumb is if you see others doing it, then in the right circumstances, they’ll be fine to use.”

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