WhatsYourPrice.com, recently polled 20,000 U.S. members and found that 68% of women and 79% of men use emoticons in emails and messages to their coworkers. While some may see emoticons as a way to inject fun into an otherwise boring workday, those on the receiving end may not perceive your intentions correctly.
While only 32% of women who use emoticons when communicating with male co-workers intend to flirt or initiate a romance, 60% believe that when a male coworker sends emoticons, they are flirting.
Furthermore, 62% of women and 47% of men believe that a smiley face or a wink in texts or emails showed a greater level of flirtation, and 71% of women and 90% of men who receive winks in text and email messages from co-workers believe that the possibility of intimacy or a first date is likely.
What do you think about getting emoticons in your work emails? Flirty or appropriate?