What is an Emoji Check-In?
”When I ask my team to tell me how they’re feeling using emoji it tells me so much more than just a scale of 1-5. I encourage them to use as many emoji as they can - don’t stick to one!”
Rohit Mathur, Agile Coach & MoodFirst Co-Founder
What are the advantages of Emoji Check-Ins?
Set the right tone for the meeting
One of the key benefits of doing an emoji check-in is that it helps to set the tone for the rest of the meeting. By asking team members to share how they are feeling, you are creating a safe and supportive space where everyone's emotions and feelings are valued and acknowledged. It’s also a bit of fun that acts as an icebreaker and helps to get people engaged.
Help people to build connections and empathise with each other
By acknowledging and sharing their emotions, team members can build a stronger sense of connection and empathy with each other, which can help to foster a more collaborative and productive work environment.
Greater self awareness
Emoji check-ins can also help to increase self-awareness and emotional intelligence among team members. By taking a moment to reflect on their own emotions and communicate them to others, team members can become more aware of their own feelings and better understand how they impact their work and interactions with others and this can have a positive impact on their performance
Track Trends and Understand the Overall Team Mood
How to run an Emoji Check-In
Running an emoji check is simple but there are a few ground rules you should follow:
Step 1: Set the scene 🤔
Start by explaining that you are planning to start the meeting or call with an emoji check-in. Explain to the team why you’re doing it and what you hope to achieve. Remember to tell people that they are free to express themselves honestly and that it should be a bit of fun as well.
Step 2: Ask everyone how they feel 😃 😕 🥵
Ask everyone to select the emoji that best describes how they feel. Feelings can be complex so encourage people to use multiple emoji if they want and also to add a short description of what’s making them feel that way.
Step 3: Check if anyone needs support ❤️
Ask people if there’s anything the team can do to support them, especially if people have selected negative emoji. Don’t worry if people raise personal issues as well as work related ones. It’s important to let people express themselves openly. Also, don’t think you have to be able to solve every problem that comes up.
What are the best tools for Emoji Check-Ins?
- Team Mood Check-In apps like MoodFirst allows teams to share their mood in a variety of ways and helps to keep track of how they change over time.
- If you are just doing a one-off exercise you may just want to ask everyone to post how they feel in a messaging tool like Teams, Slack or even WhatsApp.
- If you already have an online whiteboard platform you could use this as well.
To sum up, emoji check-ins are a quick and easy way to set the tone for meetings, build empathy and self-awareness among team members, and check on the overall wellbeing of the team. Studies have show that emojis can enrich our language and improve our ability to communicate. By using this tool, leaders can create a more supportive and productive work environment.