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(Psychology Today)   Putting emoticons in your work emails may be interpreted as not taking your job seriously, if you're a woman. Hope this helps :)   (psychologytoday.com) divider line 32
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2012-06-25 09:31:17 AM
Emoticons are a substitute for thoughtful writing. In some cases, it just represents laziness. In most cases, though, it is a reflection of the writer's ability.
 
2012-06-25 09:31:51 AM
:O
 
2012-06-25 09:54:29 AM
o_O
 
2012-06-25 09:57:20 AM
Emoticons are nothing compared to people who write "Thx" and "Pls".

In other words, I don't care enough about you to actually thank you or ask you kindly for something, so pls accept these half-assed, passive-aggressive non-words because you're not important enough to me to type three more f*cking letters. Thx.
 
2012-06-25 10:01:14 AM

Lucky LaRue: Emoticons are a substitute for thoughtful writing. In some cases, it just represents laziness. In most cases, though, it is a reflection of the writer's ability.


We're talking about work emails, not letters home from the war to Mammy and Pappy or the great American novel.
 
2012-06-25 10:04:08 AM
(_|_)
 
2012-06-25 10:41:42 AM
Emoticons are the digital equivalent to "girl font." Comic Sans is close, unless the writer's over 40 then he or she just doesn't know any better.
 
2012-06-25 11:20:56 AM
You mean putting (.)(.) on your resume won't at least get you an interview?

What if you put ( . )( . ) instead?
 
2012-06-25 12:08:32 PM
What about when people add an lol to their work emails ?
 
2012-06-25 12:09:59 PM

Lucky LaRue: Emoticons are a substitute for thoughtful writing. In some cases, it just represents laziness. In most cases, though, it is a reflection of the writer's ability.


t(-_-t)
 
2012-06-25 12:12:21 PM

sigdiamond2000: Emoticons are nothing compared to people who write "Thx" and "Pls".

In other words, I don't care enough about you to actually thank you or ask you kindly for something, so pls accept these half-assed, passive-aggressive non-words because you're not important enough to me to type three more f*cking letters. Thx.


I saw "U" and "U'r" for the first time today. In work email. Which is actually fitting given the level of quality coming from that corner of late.

Sybarite: (_|_)


+1
 
2012-06-25 12:14:34 PM

Disposable Rob: t(-_-t)


That's beautiful. I'll have to save it for future use.
 
2012-06-25 12:14:39 PM
I use smiles on some of my work e-mails to certain vendors or customers I have a closing working relationship with...
 
2012-06-25 12:16:59 PM

Disposable Rob: Lucky LaRue: Emoticons are a substitute for thoughtful writing. In some cases, it just represents laziness. In most cases, though, it is a reflection of the writer's ability.

t(-_-t)


I give. what is it.
 
2012-06-25 12:21:48 PM

bikerbob59: Disposable Rob: Lucky LaRue: Emoticons are a substitute for thoughtful writing. In some cases, it just represents laziness. In most cases, though, it is a reflection of the writer's ability.

t(-_-t)

I give. what is it.


www.maddox.xmission.net
 
2012-06-25 12:21:56 PM
I once received a work email that was only a few paragraphs long but had dozens of emoticons and moving .gif smiley faces lasting a few pages. This was a mass email sent to dozens of people.

And yes, it was from a woman in management.

/god, I hated that job
 
2012-06-25 12:22:17 PM

bikerbob59: Disposable Rob: Lucky LaRue: Emoticons are a substitute for thoughtful writing. In some cases, it just represents laziness. In most cases, though, it is a reflection of the writer's ability.

t(-_-t)

I give. what is it.


a dude flipping u off with 2 hands
 
2012-06-25 12:29:34 PM
I've seen middle aged guys use this, and never girls. I frown when I do see the guys use them. Are they just a decade behind?
 
2012-06-25 12:51:30 PM
I mostly see the HR drones using this when they announce annoying new policies. Also the other engineers using them every so often to mock the HR drones.
 
2012-06-25 01:44:59 PM
Sorry. Emoticons are never professional. Ever.
 
2012-06-25 01:49:18 PM
I get the occasional smiley face in an e-mail around here. but we're fairly casual and they aren't included in "serious" e-mails. One weird thing I've noticed - while Outlook changes :) to a single character smiley face (from Wingdings font, I suppose), the new e-mail preview pop-up in the corner can't handle that font and converts it to a 'J'
 
2012-06-25 02:19:19 PM
When I was in college looking I got an internship I starting getting some emails from one of the HR generalist and she used emoticons in it. Not the typical typed out ones but the found them from a site added them into her emotions icon in the email. Full on smiley faces and all. That was the worst offender of emoticons I've gotten.

I've occasionally receive some, but its usually from the women I work with. HR is the worst offender for using multiple colors in emails that aren't used to bold something out. Such as a single word with the first letter one color then the remaining letters of that word another, and they wonder why my department doesn't allow them to be part of the interview process anymore.

(V)(;,,:)(V)

All Hail Zoidberg!
 
2012-06-25 03:30:39 PM
This article made me ಠ_ಠ

/Still my favorite
 
2012-06-25 04:06:57 PM
Great. Now can somebody tell my boss that typing in ALL CAPS is the equivalent of shouting?
 
2012-06-25 07:15:58 PM
Lost me at emoticons
 
2012-06-25 07:18:03 PM

thecpt: I've seen middle aged guys use this, and never girls. I frown when I do see the guys use them. Are they just a decade behind?


So do you frown like >:(, or do you frown like >:/ ?

/I suck at them, took me a few minutes to do that.
 
2012-06-25 07:46:24 PM
To: Chet Whitliest
CC: Skip Flanneganman
Subject: This merger

Everything about this looks good on the surface :) But I just went over the numbers, and we're getting screwed by this (¸ò_ó(ر−−۪) We need to do something before things get serious :|

-Chad Boehnertastre
 
2012-06-25 08:26:30 PM
Iceboxxx: I never have seen the Dr Z emoticon before.

It's awesome.
 
2012-06-26 12:21:34 AM
That article started like a parody of academic intellectual masturbation *~*, then ended all condescending Cosmo career advice :/
 
2012-06-26 02:56:33 AM
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2012-06-26 03:21:46 PM

sigdiamond2000: Emoticons are nothing compared to people who write "Thx" and "Pls".

In other words, I don't care enough about you to actually thank you or ask you kindly for something, so pls accept these half-assed, passive-aggressive non-words because you're not important enough to me to type three more f*cking letters. Thx.


What about people who write thanks then? Are they too lazy to write thank you? It is only 3 more letters. Thank you sir is only 3 letters more than that.
 
2012-06-26 03:28:26 PM

Rising_Zan_Samurai_Gunman: I get the occasional smiley face in an e-mail around here. but we're fairly casual and they aren't included in "serious" e-mails. One weird thing I've noticed - while Outlook changes :) to a single character smiley face (from Wingdings font, I suppose), the new e-mail preview pop-up in the corner can't handle that font and converts it to a 'J'


This. I only see it used by middle aged women in my office. I take them a little less seriously when they do. It also makes them come across as flirting.

Sometimes that is good, sometimes that is very bad.
 
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