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Emojis get a sad face from UK employees

Despite their growing popularity and ever expanding range, new research from Monster.co.uk reveals that 80% of UK adults still don’t think it’s appropriate to use emojis in the workplace.

The research, which marks World Emoji Day, reveals the most popular reasons to use them are to praise good work, clarify tone and build strong relationships. The reasons UK adults use emojis are work are:

• To praise good work – 28%
• To clarify tone – 22%
• To build relationships – 21%
• To flirt or gossip – 11%
• To soften bad news – 8%
• Other – 10%

Andy Sumner, Managing Director for Monster UK & Ireland, commented; “The question of whether or not to use emojis depends entirely on context and it’s important to gauge what is considered appropriate in your workplace before you start adding smiley faces to every email. 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.
“Of course 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, especially with our research highlighting eight out of ten of people still aren’t comfortable using them in the office.”
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