Emojis in the Workplace

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It seems so innocent, so cheerful, yet this simple combination of a single colon and parenthesis is the bane of many people’s existence. Since its first smiling appearance in a 1953 New York Herald Tribune ad this emoticon (i.e. emoji) has been the inspiration of many internal and external debates that can range from simply deciphering its crypt meaning to forming an appropriate response.

The smiley face, and many more, emoji has overcome our society’s communication socially and professionally. Everyone is guilty of overusing it on social media and in text, but what most probably don’t realize is how much it is also used it in the workplace communication.

According to a survey conducted by Cotap and Kelton Global, while 81% say that they struggle to convey emotion in digital communications, only 75% of workers are actually willing to use emoticons at work. This is most likely because of they seen as unprofessional or misinterpreted.

However, The Huffington Post views emoticons as a necessary evil in digital correspondence because it is swiftly becoming the most popular form of communication in the professional realm. Nonetheless, while emojis are great for lending empathy to the toneless voice of emails, there is such a thing as overuse.

One of the best tips of using emoticons in workplace communication is to know your audience. If you are familiar with the person(s), and are coworker buddies then go ahead and use them. However, do so sparingly because just like in social media, remember the golden rule that less is more.

Write It Out

Source: The Change Blog

In today’s digital age, the act of keeping a diary could be considered archaic (the last time I wrote in one was when I was probably eight). And today when everything we do is public, the privacy of a journal may seem odd. However, many famous voices have spoken of the benefits of keeping a diary, especially for those in creative fields.

This  article from Brain Pickings provides the perspectives of many famous, well-loved writers who kept a journal, such as Anaïs Nin, Henry David Thoreau, and Virgina Woolf (just to name a few).

 

 

 

 

Game Of Thrones, Children’s Edition

The Huffington Post

There’s nothing quite like sharing the joy of reading with a friend. Suggesting and enjoying books and stories build bonds that last forever. Lately, the most popular series on the planet is “A Song of Fire and Ice”, the inspiration for the astoundingly popular HBO program “Game of Thrones,” But, how do you share this captivating and often times very adult-themed story with a precocious youngster? Fear not, parents. The acclaimed author George R.R. Martin has written a children’s companion to “A Song of Fire and Ice” called “The Ice Dragon.” Rather, Martin had written the story in 1980, but the TV show’s popularity provided the impetus for the story’s re-release. “The Ice Dragon” will hit the shelves October 21st, complete with illustrations. Older readers are recommended to give the kid-friendly excursion into Westeros a read as well.

Enjoy sharing the fantastical tales with your children; just try to hide the HBO GO account password from them, because they’re probably not ready to watch the series yet.

The Infinite Jukebox

The Infinite Jukebox visualization of "Scatman"

Didn’t get enough “Scatman” in the 90s? Now you can potentially loop those “ski-ba-bop-ba-dop-bop’s” for-ever with The Infinite Jukebox, “for when your favorite song just isn’t long enough.” This web app uses “the Echo Nest analyzer to break the song into beats…but at every beat there’s a chance that we will jump to a different part of song that happens to sound very similar to the current beat.” The Infinite Jukebox also creates a neat visualization of the pathways between beats (pictured here).

Source: Neatorama