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How to Handle an Overly Affectionate Colleague

Sometimes you have colleagues who are cold as ice and other times? Not so much.

For instance, in today’s New York Post, Gregory Giangrande, chief HR officer at Time, Inc. advises employees to flat out tell a colleague if you’re not a hugger.

First, let’s back track. If you have a colleague who hugs people good-bye when wishing them a good weekend or kisses people on the cheek after dinner with co-workers, it may seem harmless. A little inappropriate as well? You bet.

Giangrande says in the piece,It’s the intent and how the recipient feels about it. If you don’t like it, you need to tell him, ‘Listen, I know you mean no harm, but I’m not a hugger . . . A wave of the hand or handshake is friendly and warm enough.’”

As for another solution, the next time a colleague steps in for a close encounter, simply “step back and stick out your hand offering to shake instead.”

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