I am a gregarious, physical person. I am also a hugger. I think if people hugged more often, the world would be a better place. My boss recently told me that a few people are uncomfortable with my hugs and I need to be more careful about hugging in the future. What counts as an appropriate work place hug?
Here are some tips:
- If you know what the other person has in their back pockets after the hug is over, your hands were way too low.
- If your hands moved around during the hug, you’re a groper and not a hugger.
- If ribs cracked, you’re over-enthusiastic.
- If the other person shouts, “Get away from me you pervert” and/or pulls out a canister of pepper spray, he or she is not receptive to your hugs.
- If a nearby co-worker says “Get a room”, the hug is lasting too long.
- If during the hug you realize the other person is in better/worse shape than you thought, you are making too much body contact.
My last and most important tip is this: Stay away from me and go find a tree or something else to hug.
— Evil Skippy
You can read more about our positions on hugging in our past post, “Is There Such A Thing As A Safe Hug?” This meme catches the spirit of my views:
Readers – how do you feel about hugs from co-workers? From bosses?
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