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The Bored Guide To Using Slack Emojis In The Workplace

The Bored Guide To Using Slack Emojis In The Workplace

Slack emojis adds that element of warmth to our everyday interactions and can contribute to creating a more pleasant company culture. 

Emojis have become the emotional throughlines of conversations. They can liven up Slack and convey emotions properly when the situation is tense. A recent Gallup poll revealed that Americans younger than 50 predominantly use texting as their primary form of conversation. It’s challenging to get emotions across on Slack because of the limitations of texting, and emojis can help in that process.

But, using emojis on Slack can be difficult. After all, you’re in a workplace, and you need to have more etiquette than usual. 

Get it right!

Slack emojis are supposed to convey feelings, but some emotions are probably better suited to private conversations. Here are some situations where emojis can help, and somewhere they might halt the conversation completely!

1. The brainstorming session

Mark out your favorite ideas with a lightbulb or a star emoji. Show your appreciation by using smileys. During a particular brainstorming or creative runs session, emojis can show off your appreciation for your teammates. 

Try avoiding emojis that show disdain or confusion. Direct your questions and suggestions directly to your co-workers. Use emojis to make the process better and more helpful for people in your team. The star emojis can also give you a roadmap to mark out exceptional ideas that you might use later on. 

2. Team meetings

Extended team meetings where you’re discussing the organization or general operations of your company might seem boring. They’re long, and more often than not, the conversation will be directed by teams that work separately from you. Give them space, and mark out questions early on. Also, try to limit emojis to occasional smileys to show encouragement and comprehension. Be open about what you understand and what you don’t understand, and talk about it. Slack also recently introduced a new emoji pack to help establish work-life balance, these might come in handy for communicating with your remote team too. 

Image credit: Slack


3. Chats with the boss

Avoid any emojis while talking about an assignment. Try to keep the conversation short, and use right tick reactions to mark out what you understand. Also, use responses to find out the thoughts that stand out to you. Maybe, your boss has an idea about which algorithm will work better in the situation, and you can look back at the chat later and find out exactly where it was mentioned. 

4. Personal conversations with your team

This is your playground. Keep it professional but, use emojis that express your emotions. Be frank here, make your Slackmojis work, use your smiley faces and heart icons in abandon. Also, keep in mind who you’re talking to. Younger team members might like you being expressive, older members might find it overfamiliar. Warm up to your team slowly, and make sure that everyone is comfortable with the emojis you use. 


How to add Slack emojis?

Slackmojis are a bit limited in their capacity. Sometimes the things you use in your day-to-day work life simply won’t be available on the regular menu. However, you can add emojis to Slack to help streamline conversations.

So, if you use particular software, maybe add that logo, or add in your company’s logo to create shorthand for when you want to refer to something in particular. 

How to do it? 

  1. Click the smiley face icon and bring up the emoji menu
  2. Click the add emoji button
  3. Upload the image you want as an emoji

The images you should use must be small square-shaped images under 128 kb. So, keep your emojis down to logos or small photos that you’d like to use. 

How to use Slackmojis?

People use emojis in day-to-day life, but using them in a professional setting might be a bit daunting. The usual professional etiquette guides do not cover it, and slack emojis have been a part of work-life for a relatively shorter time. But, you can still use them in your everyday life. 

1. Smileys

The superstars of the Slackmojis department, the smiley face can brighten up people’s days. Avoid using those that stand out (no one wants to see a devil face in a workplace meeting). Use the happy and sad ones, showcase surprise and be efficient in expressing your emotions in the work chat.

2. The objects

These are emojis of everyday objects that you can use to create polls and in presentations. Maybe, a star fits in with your idea. You can use it on the poll options. You can also use flags to pick what you want to focus on in the next work session. Objects help out in telling the work story in a hurry without confusing people. Also, it helps mark out the conversation in a proper way so that someone catching up with it later, can search out the processes that they need in particular. 

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3. Food emojis

These are a bit hard to use. But, it’s also evocative when you’re out having lunch and just want to share the news with your team. Spin a tale around spaghetti or shoot the breeze around the Pad Thai bowl you ordered. These emojis can help you become closer to your teammates and make you feel like you’re in a workplace with a human being and not a robot.

4. Celebrations

There are many party emojis that add to the slack conversations around birthdays and work anniversaries. When the people put together party poppers into the chat, it helps in expressions and also livens up the conversation.  The emotions behind the emojis show off your friendliness and helps in building better bonds.


5. People emojis

These are subjective, but they can play around with the work that people do. Maybe a co-worker has been helping you out, and you put the nurse emoji when addressing them. Maybe, you can use the builder emojis to show off your appreciation for the developers and designers in your team. 

6. The emotional emojis

While heart emojis and cry emojis are a regular part of any conversation, maybe avoid them at work. These can threaten to stop the conversation if people take it seriously, and it can also make the concern cloud work judgments. 

Why use them at all?

In an era where most of our communication is now asynchronous, Slack emojis adds that element of warmth to our everyday interactions and can contribute to creating a more pleasant company culture. 

From a more micro perspective, when you use a custom software emoji in a conversation, you can track it over the group. You can also streamline conversations and express yourself far more clearly with your emojis. It livens up the #misc and #general channels that your team has for driving conversation. 

The pandemic has made work conversation difficult, but being friendly with your co-workers pays out in the long run. So, bringing some casual conversation into the professional environment helps out in team-building. 

While emojis are a relatively new player in the workplace, they are taking over so people need to make their peace with it. Keep etiquette in mind, and use the right emojis to liven up conversations. With Slackmojis, you can now put your best smiley face forward and navigate your work-life in a smoother and much more fun way.

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