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1 Are smileys in the workplace OK? on Sat Jul 15 2017, 21:14

doffcocker

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I'm not known for my professionalism in the office. I don't mind admitting that and I can't exactly judge others for poor professionalism so that's not the issue. I just simply can't stand emojis in emails. 

I recently started a new job in South Manchester and there just seems to be a massive culture of using emoticons all the bloody time. I mean it's not just the delicate flower types, we're talking butch, older men, throwing a colon-bracket in here, there and everywhere, almost just because they can. 

It wouldn't be as bad if these people didn't actually spend the average working day with a face like a smacked arse.

I'm only being honest, I see an "OK no problem all sorted Smile" or "Thanks for updating that spreadsheet Smile" and a part of me just dies inside. 

Is it just a pet hate of mine or can others relate?

2 Re: Are smileys in the workplace OK? on Sat Jul 15 2017, 21:56

boltonbonce

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I use them on here,but never in emails.

3 Re: Are smileys in the workplace OK? on Sun Jul 16 2017, 00:09

Sluffy

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I would never dream of using a smiley in my professional work capacity.

However it depends on the culture of the place where you are working.

If everyone uses them, then clearly that is an acceptable work practice.

It doesn't seem to set a professional tone imo and I doubt I would be ultimately happy to work in such a place myself.

I do however have the luxury of choosing whether or not I would want to stay at such employment, whereas most people need the money and will put up with far worse because of it.


4 Re: Are smileys in the workplace OK? on Sun Jul 16 2017, 15:02

Cajunboy

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Tony Kelly
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doffcocker wrote:I'm not known for my professionalism in the office. I don't mind admitting that and I can't exactly judge others for poor professionalism so that's not the issue. I just simply can't stand emojis in emails. 

I recently started a new job in South Manchester and there just seems to be a massive culture of using emoticons all the bloody time. I mean it's not just the delicate flower types, we're talking butch, older men, throwing a colon-bracket in here, there and everywhere, almost just because they can. 

It wouldn't be as bad if these people didn't actually spend the average working day with a face like a smacked arse.

I'm only being honest, I see an "OK no problem all sorted Smile" or "Thanks for updating that spreadsheet Smile" and a part of me just dies inside. 

Is it just a pet hate of mine or can others relate?
It's childish and pathetic.

All part of the creeping snowflake culture.

I totally agree with you.


Would John Wayne use emoticons?

5 Re: Are smileys in the workplace OK? on Sun Jul 16 2017, 15:07

Cajunboy

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Tony Kelly
Tony Kelly
boltonbonce wrote:I use them on here,but never in emails.
Hi, can you please explain how you insert things into here..

I can do youtube stuff but after that I'm baffled.

6 Re: Are smileys in the workplace OK? on Sun Jul 16 2017, 15:12

karlypants

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Nat Lofthouse
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Cajunboy wrote:
doffcocker wrote:I'm not known for my professionalism in the office. I don't mind admitting that and I can't exactly judge others for poor professionalism so that's not the issue. I just simply can't stand emojis in emails. 

I recently started a new job in South Manchester and there just seems to be a massive culture of using emoticons all the bloody time. I mean it's not just the delicate flower types, we're talking butch, older men, throwing a colon-bracket in here, there and everywhere, almost just because they can. 

It wouldn't be as bad if these people didn't actually spend the average working day with a face like a smacked arse.

I'm only being honest, I see an "OK no problem all sorted Smile" or "Thanks for updating that spreadsheet Smile" and a part of me just dies inside. 

Is it just a pet hate of mine or can others relate?
It's childish and pathetic.

All part of the creeping snowflake culture.

I totally agree with you.


Would John Wayne use emoticons?
Would John Wayne write emails? Very Happy

7 Re: Are smileys in the workplace OK? on Sun Jul 16 2017, 15:13

karlypants

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Cajunboy wrote:
boltonbonce wrote:I use them on here,but never in emails.
Hi, can you please explain how you insert things into here..

I can do youtube stuff but after that I'm baffled.
There is a whole host of buttons above.

Try the photo and floppy disk icon to upload images! Smile

8 Re: Are smileys in the workplace OK? on Sun Jul 16 2017, 15:40

Sluffy

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For pictures

- copy link

- click on the icon on the post reply box - the one that looks like a photo with a baby ball by its foot (must be a floppy disc as per Karly's post above).

- paste in the link

- click on insert

- then post (press send).

(I tend to look on preview first just in case I've cocked something up - so I can sort it and not look too much of an idiot - before I press send!).

Hope this helps.

9 Re: Are smileys in the workplace OK? on Sun Jul 16 2017, 15:47

karlypants

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
The copy image link is a green ball with a + in the centre.

The host image link has the floppy icon. Smile

10 Re: Are smileys in the workplace OK? on Sun Jul 16 2017, 15:49

Cajunboy

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Tony Kelly
Tony Kelly
Many thanks. I'll try it later.

11 Re: Are smileys in the workplace OK? on Sun Jul 16 2017, 16:29

Cajunboy

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Tony Kelly
Tony Kelly



Who needs Brucie!!!

12 Re: Are smileys in the workplace OK? on Sun Jul 16 2017, 16:33

karlypants

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Cajunboy wrote:


Who needs Brucie!!!
Who is that?

He looks familiar...

13 Re: Are smileys in the workplace OK? on Sun Jul 16 2017, 16:35

Cajunboy

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Tony Kelly
Tony Kelly
MAX

14 Re: Are smileys in the workplace OK? on Sun Jul 16 2017, 16:36

Cajunboy

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Tony Kelly
Tony Kelly

Our new striker ?

15 Re: Are smileys in the workplace OK? on Sun Jul 16 2017, 16:37

karlypants

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Cajunboy wrote:MAX
Bygraves?

16 Re: Are smileys in the workplace OK? on Sun Jul 16 2017, 17:59

boltonbonce

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Max Bygraves!

I'm not speaking for the rest of the day!

17 Re: Are smileys in the workplace OK? on Sun Jul 16 2017, 20:44

Natasha Whittam

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
doffcocker wrote:I'm not known for my professionalism in the office.

No, you're known as the resident gobshite on Bolton Nuts.

18 Re: Are smileys in the workplace OK? on Sun Jul 16 2017, 21:13

karlypants

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Natasha Whittam wrote:
doffcocker wrote:I'm not known for my professionalism in the office.

No, you're known as the part time resident gobshite on Bolton Nuts.

19 Re: Are smileys in the workplace OK? on Mon Jul 17 2017, 16:39

doffcocker

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So predictable how I pay the place a five minute visit and Whittam's already got her pole out.

20 Re: Are smileys in the workplace OK? on Mon Jul 17 2017, 19:54

boltonbonce

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
doffcocker wrote:So predictable how I pay the place a five minute visit and Whittam's already got her pole out.
The time to worry is when KP gets his pole out.

21 Re: Are smileys in the workplace OK? on Mon Jul 17 2017, 19:57

Natasha Whittam

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
doffcocker wrote:So predictable how I pay the place a five minute visit and Whittam's already got her pole out.

I miss you doffcocker, it's not often you find someone you can burn in every single thread.

22 Re: Are smileys in the workplace OK? on Mon Jul 17 2017, 20:00

karlypants

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
boltonbonce wrote:
doffcocker wrote:So predictable how I pay the place a five minute visit and Whittam's already got her pole out.
The time to worry is when KP gets his pole out.
Today I took my pole down in preparation for installing my wood burner (as I just love a good fire!). Very Happy

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