Q: What is the etiquette regarding hugging between male & female co-workers? Who should initiate? What if you are not comfortable?
A: Hugging in the workplace really is not appropriate for just the reason you bring up. Many people are not comfortable hugging. You should simply extend your hand for a handshake if you want to give the message that you prefer not to hug. If the hugs are for a special occasion – when someone’s leaving for example – it might be a nice gesture if that is your workplace culture.