Workplace Embrace: Is hugging appropriate in the office?

by epi on August 27, 2013

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.

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