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How to (appropriately) use emoji at work

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Emoji may create misunderstanding

The emoji is inherently ambiguous. Symbols only have meaning because of a shared cultural context.

We can't assume everyone is interpreting emoji the same way. It can lead to tension and embarrassment - especially in a work context.

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Consider 😉. To some, the wink emoji is a way to show that a statement is intended as a joke or a way to be friendly.

Not everyone understands this emoji. For some, the wink emoji implies you're flirty or suggestive, which will change the context of the intended statement.

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  • 👌 is a gesture that means "ok" in most English speaking countries, but not that in many other countries.
  • 👊 is considered a "punch," but some people use it as a fist bump.
  • 🤗 is officially named "hugging face." Don't send it to anyone you...

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Every time we communicate, we create three distinct statements:

  1. What we meant to say.
  2. What we did say.
  3. What our audience thinks we said.

Communication is the ability of aligning these three ideas as closely as possib...

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