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Hugging at the Office

Appropriate to Hug It Out at Work? Savvy Readers Say Yes

Ari Gold's "hug it out" habit on Entourage isn't just for Hollywood types. Eighty percent of SavvySugar readers say it's appropriate to hug it out with a co-worker. Here's what you have to say:

  • Sure. I would give congratulations hugs, thank you hugs (for presents), happy holiday hugs, etc. Of course, I would take those hugs, too. — GlowingMoon
  • I hug my co workers, but I also consider my co-workers my friends. — runningesq
  • Sure. If you have known the person for awhile, it's their birthday, getting married, leaving the company or having a baby...nothing wrong with any of those scenarios. — PJEdge
  • Just punch them on the shoulder and say, "Way to go!" If it's one of my very close friends at work then it might be OK. — JessRose
  • I am pretty close with most of my co-workers but we're not really huggers. I guess when one of us leaves or something we would hug, but just randomly? No. — dani17731
  • I personally have a no touch policy. I don't like co-workers/bosses touching me, especially if I don't know them well. — Anonymous

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chloe-bella chloe-bella 5 years
Uh, nooooo! I'm like the lone young female attorney among middle-aged married men. Hugging would be weird!
amber512 amber512 5 years
I would hug any of my coworkers, although I haven't before. But I also work in a church with some amazing people.
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