Young Professional says to drop emoji in professional correspondence

A company employee encourages viewers to get rid of the emoji and “[match] the energy” of her colleagues in her professional correspondence in a now-viral TikTok, sparking debate in the comments.

In the video posted by TikToker Hattie (@hattietok_) on Tuesday, she poses in front of a bathroom mirror, believed to be in her office. The text overlay reads, “POV: You’re a company in your 20’s that doesn’t put an a [smiley emoji] behind everything and just copy your co-workers’ messages instead.”

“Go on folks, be bold and change this trend!” she added in the caption. Hattie seems to be referring to the TikTok trend of “twentysomethings” in companies saying they use emojis in professional settings to avoid coming across as “rude”.

The video has racked up over 944,000 views as of Thursday, with commenters debating how to balance emoji-centric and emotional correspondence expectations with “blunt” professionalism.

@hattietok_ Come on guys, be brave and change this trend! 🤍 #corporate #corporateemails ♬ Fame – Irene Cara

“No, because if my co-workers don’t send smiley faces I just assume they hate me,” wrote one user.

“Me: type a message that matches your energy, then delete it and send one with a smiley face instead,” wrote a third.

“I don’t do that and everyone says I’m ‘distant’ like I’m sorry I didn’t know I had to babysit co-workers with emojis,” added a third.

Other commenters said they feel “empowered” when they write more direct, to-the-point messages.

“I started this last week. I feel so empowered,” wrote one commenter.

“It’s so liberating to feel comfortable not using exclamations or emojis,” said another.

“I saw this yesterday and thought everything was subjective. Not my question as to how they choose to portray my messages,” added a third.

In a response to commenters who were “concerned” about dropping the emojis and exclamation marks, Hattie suggested that “people don’t read into it as much as you think” and just “give it a shot.”

“Just because you think it sounds mean doesn’t mean they perceive it that way!” Hattie wrote.

The Daily Dot contacted Hattie via TikTok comment.

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*Initial publication: June 23, 2022 at 4:56 pm CDT

Rebekah Harding

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