My mother’s the first person to tell you I like my personal space.
(In my defense, even for a Mom she pushes the touchy feely boundaries.)
That being said, I’m not adverse to ALL touching.
Get your mind out of the gutter!! I wasn’t talking about THAT kind of touching!
When saying good-bye to friends and family or greeting a loved one I haven’t seen in awhile, I’m an excellent and enthusiastic hugger.
Personal boundaries can get a little cloudy in the professional arena though.
As a woman it feels a little awkward to shake hands with a female colleague.
Since this is a re-building year for my career, I’ve been doing a lot of networking and volunteering for various professional organizations.
You have a great experience, share some stories, bond over a glass of wine (or two), and then comes the awkward good-bye.
If it were a friend the hug good-bye would be a given.
Between two male colleagues the handshake is automatic.
But how do you know when to hug?
It’s like the professional version of a first kiss. One person leans in, the other one leans back, and now it’s weird.
How do you suss out a hugger?
Ladies do you hug professionally?
What about you guys, do you ever hug a colleague?
In today’s litigation happy society is a friendly and innocent hug sexual harassment?