Emojis in the Workplace AD 2022: Hot or Not? 😎

Jul 26th 2022

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Do Emojis Help In Communication At Work?

Do you encounter this dilemma over and over again: shall I use emojis in my workplace? Am I too old-school when I don’t plug in emojis here and there in our team Slack chat? And what the hell is the difference between 20 different types of smiling faces? Well, if so, then this article is for you!

Do emojis make for better communication? Many people seem to be on the fence about how to discern between professionalism, respect, and emojis in the workplace.

According to prof. Marcel Danesi from the University of Toronto, properly using emojis is associated with a certain form of digital emotional intelligence, or, “emoji competence.” Prof. Danesi calls this competence “an ability to intersperse emoji images into a written text in order to imprint a positive emotional tone into it.”

In this article, we would like to ask a simple question: when is it OK to use emojis in the workplace? And, how? We will list the dos and don’ts when it comes to appropriately use emojis in a professional setting. We want you to make the best out of emojis at work!

Emojis in the Workplace Are On The Rise. Why?

Emojis first hit the scene in the early days of smartphones around 2010 — making a big splash primarily among the teenagers of the time. Emoji use has been steadily on the rise, not just in personal conversations, but in the workplace as well! Why?

Well, partially, it is a consequence of the fact that the same teenagers who used to communicate via emojis a decade ago, are now grown up, work in a variety of workplaces, and are stuck to their original habits.

But it is also a matter of a broader cultural shift. Today, we are bombed with information. In 2011, Americans were absorbing five times as much daily information as they did back in 1986. No wonder today, the ways of exchanging information have changed. We need to communicate more often and faster. That’s why we often choose to use all kinds of pictograms. A picture can convert more information than a thousand words.

Lastly, we live in times of “Great Fusion.” Due to the use of social media, professional and social life are not as separate and distant as they used to be in the past. We essentially develop one online persona that we use across social platforms. Facebook and LinkedIn have become more alike in terms of the types of information users choose to post. Today, most people are willing to appear relatively serious on Facebook, and relatively fun to be around and sociable on LinkedIn.

And today more than anytime before, professionals just want to have fun at work. And, they can afford it. Employers struggle to find good employees today and build their motivation at work. To keep good people close, they try to make corporate environments feel like home, or even like a family. This is also why emotions at work have become acceptable — or even welcome.

But wait, isn’t the workplace supposed to be a sacred place of focus, respect, and professionalism? Well, yes and no. Yes, the workplace is the place to get into the zone and get your business taken care of. But in the effort or work, rest must also be considered.

If all you do is work work work away at the computer screen day in and day out, you are being deprived of an emotional connection with others. The best remedy to this would be to put work into your relationships a little at least instead of putting it all into your profession. A close second to face-to-face interaction is sharing images that express emotions. Emojis.

Do Emojis Help In Communication At Work?

Do you encounter this dilemma over and over again: shall I use emojis in my workplace? Am I too old-school when I don’t plug in emojis here and there in our team Slack chat? And what the hell is the difference between 20 different types of smiling faces? Well, if so, then this article is for you!

Do emojis make for better communication? Many people seem to be on the fence about how to discern between professionalism, respect, and emojis in the workplace.

According to prof. Marcel Danesi from the University of Toronto, properly using emojis is associated with a certain form of digital emotional intelligence, or, “emoji competence.” Prof. Danesi calls this competence “an ability to intersperse emoji images into a written text in order to imprint a positive emotional tone into it.”

In this article, we would like to ask a simple question: when is it OK to use emojis in the workplace? And, how? We will list the dos and don’ts when it comes to appropriately use emojis in a professional setting. We want you to make the best out of emojis at work!

Emojis in the Workplace Are On The Rise. Why?

Emojis first hit the scene in the early days of smartphones around 2010 — making a big splash primarily among the teenagers of the time. Emoji use has been steadily on the rise, not just in personal conversations, but in the workplace as well! Why?

Well, partially, it is a consequence of the fact that the same teenagers who used to communicate via emojis a decade ago, are now grown up, work in a variety of workplaces, and are stuck to their original habits.

But it is also a matter of a broader cultural shift. Today, we are bombed with information. In 2011, Americans were absorbing five times as much daily information as they did back in 1986. No wonder today, the ways of exchanging information have changed. We need to communicate more often and faster. That’s why we often choose to use all kinds of pictograms. A picture can convert more information than a thousand words.

Lastly, we live in times of “Great Fusion.” Due to the use of social media, professional and social life are not as separate and distant as they used to be in the past. We essentially develop one online persona that we use across social platforms. Facebook and LinkedIn have become more alike in terms of the types of information users choose to post. Today, most people are willing to appear relatively serious on Facebook, and relatively fun to be around and sociable on LinkedIn.

And today more than anytime before, professionals just want to have fun at work. And, they can afford it. Employers struggle to find good employees today and build their motivation at work. To keep good people close, they try to make corporate environments feel like home, or even like a family. This is also why emotions at work have become acceptable — or even welcome.

But wait, isn’t the workplace supposed to be a sacred place of focus, respect, and professionalism? Well, yes and no. Yes, the workplace is the place to get into the zone and get your business taken care of. But in the effort or work, rest must also be considered.

If all you do is work work work away at the computer screen day in and day out, you are being deprived of an emotional connection with others. The best remedy to this would be to put work into your relationships a little at least instead of putting it all into your profession. A close second to face-to-face interaction is sharing images that express emotions. Emojis.

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Please cite as:

Wright, D., Bielczyk, N. (2022, May 23rd). Emojis in the Workplace AD 2022: Hot or Not? Retrieved from https://ontologyofvalue.com/emojis-in-the-workplace-ad-2022-hot-or-not/

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