The office ‘kiss’: is it acceptable or does it give off the wrong impression?
It may be standard routine to sign off office emails with an ‘X’ or a simple smiley, but research shows that messages which include such emotions are more likely to spark office romances.
A recent survey by whatsyourprice.com found that over half of those romantically involved with co-workers said the affair had begun after Xs were sent in texts and emails.
The use of the ‘X’ in the office world seemed to begin in largely female-dominated workplaces, creating a relaxed and friendly tone among co-workers. Now used by both male and female colleagues, can the wrong message be given off?
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The majority of those surveyed however said they were not put off by using ‘smileys’ and ‘Xs’ and admitted to automatically using them when messaging co-workers, even though it could potentially give off the wrong impression.
The survey also found that a staggering 90 per cent of women and 85 per cent of men agreed that receiving a message signed off with a ‘X’ before a first date increased the likelihood of intimacy.
Is this office ‘kiss’ acceptable or should it be kept to personal relationships?