Which side are you on?
So are you a fan of the 'ox' sign off?
It now seems we are also feminising our workplaces with the xoxo sign offs.
The xxxing has gone from being a secret sign off to lovers and those nearest and dearest to us to just a general sign of warmth to the email or text recipient.
And if it’s not the xxoo it’s the emojis we use to reflect our emotions without words. Is this a good thing?
In the workplace, and at meetings and only with women, I have noticed a shift from the handshake, which for us girls is a relatively new tool to now getting hugged or kissed by strangers where there has only been limited email traffic prior to the face to face meet.
Does it make me feel uncomfortable, yes!. I find it unnerving and I have to then pull away from this show of intimacy and then back into a more professional stance.
Recently is was reported the U.S. TV news Queen - Diane Sawyer uses 'xo' so frequently that its omission can spark panic amongst staff when suddenly its omitted.
I guess the reality is to use your sign offs with care and thought as to who your target is and the message you want to portray....whether it be hearts and flowers or a more professional approach.
Statistics show us girls are slowly taking over the world, and I’m happy for us to do it one "xxx" e‑mail at a time. When used with care.
Tick the Box, the business is all about S.W.A.L.K which translates to Sealing it With A Loving Kiss xxoo!