Home workers encouraged to use EMOJIS in emails

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A study by the University of Chichester has said that those working from home should use EMOJIS in emails.

Remote workers lose up to 93 per cent of communication cues when messaging online compared to speaking face-to-face with colleagues.

Dr Moitree Banerjee is a psychologist at University of Chichester and says using EMOJIS can help employees decode emails.

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“As we move over to emails, we lose all non-verbal communication cues,” said clinical psychology researcher Dr Banerjee, who leads the psychology degrees at the University of Chichester.

“Adding emojis or images helps the reader decode the tone of the email.

“In the world of cyber psychology, emojis are termed as quasi-nonverbal cues – in other words, they are ideal to help you convey your attitude to the readers.

“They allow receivers to correctly understand the level and direction of emotion, attitude, and expression.”

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The advice comes as a new survey from market researchers Savanta revealed that more than half of the UK’s population are now working from home, following the government’s lockdown.

Research shows that as much as 55 per cent of non-verbal communication is taken from a person’s body language, including facial expressions and eye contact, while another 38 per cent comes from the pitch and tonality of their voice.

While scientific work into non-verbal cues is nothing new, having been first examined in the 1960s, a report by the International Journal of Business Communication last year found that employees with colleagues and managers who were transparent in their communication – whether in-person or by email – were happier in their jobs.

More than five billion emojis are sent every day, according to Facebook, with the face crying tears of joy proving to be the most popular.

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The best emojis to use in emails or online messaging, according to Dr Banerjee, are simple icons that can be easily and quickly interpreted by the receiver.

Emojis were created in the lates 1990s by Shigetaka Kurita, an engineer at the Japanese phone company, NTT Docomo. He was working on a way for customers to communicate through icons. The result was a set of 176 icons he called emoji. The name combines two Japanese words: “e” (picture) and “moji” (character).

She added: “This coronavirus pandemic is unnatural for everyone – but finding small ways of improving our lives while working at home, such as using emojis in online communication, can make work feel better. I’ve had very positive feedback from both academic colleagues and students so far and would urge everyone to trail it for themselves”

Psychology degrees at the University of Chichester, which are approved by the British Psychological Society, were named best in the UK in the most recent National Student Survey.

Find out more about Psychologist Dr Moitree Banerjee and her work at the University of Chichester at www.chi.ac.uk/psychology

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