To Hug or Not to Hug?
With #MeToo accusations popping up regularly, the etiquette around hugging at work is unclear. To one, a congratulatory hug may be a sign of warmth; to another, it may signify a power play. What to do?
In many industries, hugging between clients or colleagues is fairly common. In fact, in long-term relationships between, say, a sales rep and a client, a handshake instead of a hug could be interpreted as coldness.
Still, some organizations steer clear of the workplace hug, especially since a federal court ruled that hugging might constitute creating a hostile work environment. Women in particular may wish to stay away from hugging in the workplace to appear more professional. Another reason to avoid friendly embrace: Research shows that not everyone wants or needs to feel affection at work.
A few pointers from experts:
- Supervisors should never hug anyone they manage.
- Everyone should avoid giving a hug if unsure how the other individual would react.
- Hugs should always be brief.
- Non-huggers should feel free to set boundaries with their more affectionate counterparts.
The good news is that a firm handshake can be effective at creating a bond between people.
Millennials Take a Gloomy View of Business
In its seventh annual survey of millennials, Deloitte’s research unearthed the generation’s dimming view about the nature of work, politics, and the future of industry. Specifically, the survey found that millennials
- think business ethics are declining as a result of the disconnect between what millennials believe responsible businesses should do and what businesses think they should do
- feel unprepared for the advent of the evolving workplace and consequently appreciate and prefer organizations that train and support employees in anticipation of these changes
- view the gig economy as a good way to supplement or replace traditional jobs
- value good pay, positive workplace cultures, diversity, and flexibility on the job
- consider positive workplace factors key to their loyalty.
The report states: “The message is clear. Young workers are eager for business leaders to be proactive about making a positive impact in society—and to be responsive to employees’ needs.”
Promotions Are a Gender Thing
The survey, conducted by Fairygodboss, Female Quotient, and Progyny, found that managers tend to promote workers who are “similar” to themselves. The researchers noted that this propensity may be one of the causes for the gender pay gap, since the majority of managers are still male.
The survey also found that women were less likely to have asked for a raise than their male counterparts, and that more men claim their careers take precedence over women’s because they are their families’ primary breadwinner.