Have you ever used :) in your email at work?

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Hillary Clinton liked using the emoji so much that, in 2012, she emailed someone for help with her new Blackberry:

"Here's my question: on this new berry can I get smiley faces?"

According to a recent survey of 650+ employees and managers, more than half of workers say they have used an emoji to communicate at work.

Better yet, more managers than workers approved of using an emoji at work.

Personally I like using :) in my emails sometimes because it creates a friendlier message, as communications in the business world can be dry and serious.

How do you feel about using :) or similar emoji at work? Is it acceptable?

WSJ

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Jul 13, 2016

All the time.

I like to send it to my coworkers who are hot that I would like to bang with plausible deniability for "too much smiley usage".

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Jul 13, 2016

Do i use emojis at work? I do whatever the fuck i want at work.

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Jul 13, 2016

( deg ?? deg)

EDIT: Okay, WSO failed me. http://emblemsbf.com/img/28137.jpg

Jul 14, 2016

For intra-communication among employees and managers it is fine but it is not a professional way to use it in E-mails to clients and other high profile business personnel.

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Jul 14, 2016

Yes. And I also use profanity. All is fair game.

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Jul 14, 2016

Holy moly I wish this was the real Karl Pilkington. That guy is beyond awesome.

Jul 14, 2016

never with clients, usually with coworkers

though clients sometimes use with me, I just feel it's unprofessional

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Jul 14, 2016

The 50 year old ladies in HR appreciate it. That lets them know I'm friendly.

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Jul 14, 2016

I also do most of time, I think using smiley give smile to clients.

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Jul 14, 2016

Sally from HR actually prefers ";)" emojis. As much as she enjoys benefits and compensation analysis.. if you know what I mean.

"It is better to have a friendship based on business, than a business based on friendship." - Rockefeller.

"Live fast, die hard. Leave a good looking body." - Navy SEAL

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Jul 15, 2016

I find it weird to use. It would be weirder for an employee to use it with his boss than vice versa. Most of the time, whenever I have seen it, it is used by a woman, mostly the receptionist.

Jul 15, 2016

I naturally want to use them to lighten the tone of my email but I don't because nobody else does. I'm a follower

Jul 15, 2016

I skip the winky face and just use '8=====>~'

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Jul 16, 2016

yes, I do use it. for sarcastic purposes.

Jul 16, 2016

Made the mistake of using it in an email with a helpdesk person who fixed my laptop... dude won't stop following me around now.

Jul 17, 2016

Never. Unprofessional and too flirtatious for a male dominated industry.

Jul 19, 2016
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