The current hugging phenomenon annoys me to no end. I am not a hugger and yet I have to field off hugs from well intentioned people who want to comfort, express affection, or greet me with full frontal hugs. It seems a little too personal given the actual degree of the relationship. I hug close family, usually sideways, but almost never hug people outside of my family.
And the use of hugs in a professional context is an odd considering that the action is of a personal nature in a non-personal environment of business. I do not need a hug from work colleagues, any service provider or vendor or my boss (assuming I had one). A good, solid handshake will do just fine. Given the recent emphasis on work place sexual harassment, it baffles me that anyone in a work environment would hug anyone. Just don’t.
The video below offers some creative ways to avoid a hug without causing a scene or hurt feelings.