Should We Ban Handshakes at the Office?
Banning handshakes in the workplace has become such a hot topic in the news lately.
This article provides all the reasons why we should keep this very important gesture.
First Impression: A handshake is a very important part of a first impression. It says a great deal about an individual. Through body language, you are sending a message of confidence and leadership.
Culture: Handshakes are part of our culture. Countries around the world respect us for this gesture. The handshake was believed to be a sign of peace.
Trust: A handshake seals many deals. We extend our hands as a sign of trust and friendliness. Can you imagine negotiating a contract and not acknowledging the partnership?
Tips for a Powerful and Respectful Handshake
Always stand for a handshake. This gesture is a sign of respect.
Extend your right hand, thumbs up.
Make web-to-web contact. If you do not make web-to-web contact, you have an unimpressive handshake.
Make eye contact and smile.
Fist bumps, offering just fingertips, glove handshakes and hugs are not acceptable at work.
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