To Hug or Not To Hug?

11 July 2018: Are you a hugger or a hand-shaker – or neither? When a work colleague returns from holiday or maternity leave, do you go in for the double bear-hug or a friendly hello from across the desk?

For those people who prefer a non-physical greeting, the direction of office etiquette may be moving against you.

There is evidence that workplaces are seeing a rise in hugging culture. In a survey last year more than half of advertising and marketing executives said hugging was common, up from a third in the survey in 2011.

Experts say it could have a lot to do with more relaxed workplace environments.


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