By: Durga Elamaran
A sincere hug can be emotionally uplifting, especially during a trying period. It is said that a hug is warmer than a heap of blankets and more meaningful than a pile of words – and less destructive than indulging in a tub of ice cream!
However, hugs lie within a grey area at the workplace. While hugging at work is not illegal, it isn’t always well-received. Some may welcome your warm embrace while others appreciate more personal space.
During personal occasions, such as news of pregnancy or a personal tragedy, a brief hug (not more than three seconds) could be appropriate. But there are times when hugging can cause discomfort and unnecessary tension amongst co-workers. Here are 5 rules to abide by when it comes to workplace hugging.