Happy World Emoji Day! Emojis have become a cultural phenomenon. They are a highly effective, efficient, and fun means of expression. Besides injecting some personality into your meetings, emojis can help make your meetings more productive. Expressing yourself non-verbally lets you share opinions without interrupting the meeting or stepping over each other when trying to speak.
Here are five ways to use emojis in Rumpus.
Create empathy 🙂😞🤣
Empathy is critical to building rapport and strong teams. Simple expressions like showing appreciation 🙂, sharing disappointment 😞, or sharing a laugh 🤣 help to create and reinforce social connections. This is especially important for remote workers who don’t benefit from the frequent social interactions available in the office.
Give encouragement and affirmation 👍🤩
Appreciation is a primary driver of job satisfaction and team performance. It’s recognition of a job well done 👍 or when you’ve hit it out of the park 🤩.
Team wins, large or small, are cause for celebration. Did you just wrap a project, deploy a release, win a new client? Celebrate! 👏🎉
Speaking up in meetings is difficult enough when you’re face to face, but it’s even more challenging when everyone is online or if you’re on the receiving end of a presentation. Just raise your hand ✋ if you have a question or something to add. Add more emphasis if there’s something that requires added attention ❗. If something is particularly puzzling, let your team know ❓. Sometimes you may want to notify your colleagues if you’ll be stepping away ⌛ or you’d like to announce your presence or bid everyone farewell 👋.
Gather Opinion 👍👎🙂🤔🤩❤️
Quickly gather feedback or take the pulse of your team. Thumbs up or down 👍👎 are great for simple decisions, but if a more nuanced understanding is required, let people respond with a larger selection of options from strongly negative to wildly enthusiastic 👎🤔🙂🤩❤️.
Emoji reactions are visible across all shared screens and the video conferencing feed. Next time you host a Rumpus, be sure to let your team know they have a new and fun way to join the conversation.