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.

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Shake twice. 

Make eye contact and smile.

Fist bumps, offering just fingertips, glove handshakes and hugs are not acceptable at work.

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About Lisa Richey | Business Etiquette Expert

Lisa Richey

I bet you know first-hand the issues that many companies are facing in the workplace. The lack of conversation skills, maybe an employee doesn’t understand they have a certain reputation and need guidance to tweak and change it, or employees are not living up to the stated dress code. You may have a strong desire for your staff to be “likeable “or want them to connect with the many generations that are your vendors, employees and clients.

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