POPSUGAR Smart-living Poll Your Two Cents: Is It Ever Appropriate to Hug a Co-Worker? by Smart Living 7/24/09 0 Shares Like us on Facebook Image Source: Getty Read More Office CultureThe GrindYour Two CentsSavvy PollCo-WorkersPoll POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests. Get inspired with our daily newsletter Vegetarian Food Love and Sex Home Tech DIY Sign up with By signing up, I agree to the Terms and to receive emails from POPSUGAR. What’s Your Reaction? Thanks for your reaction Don’t forget to share this with your friends! 0 0 0 0 0 0 0Reactions Fixe 5 years i have a few close co-workers that i work with so i def don't think anything of it when i hug them!!! they are like my second family, i see them everyday!! :D so its obvious your going to develop kinda friendship or relationship with your co-workers :D luna08 5 years The very few I'm like family with, yes. The rest are pretty skeevy, so it's the "dodge-and-stick-your-hand-out-to-shake" for the very awkward Holiday party! :) Liss1 5 years We usually only hug at like christmas time and i find it just awkward. I'm not really a big hug person unless it's family. dani17731 5 years 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. 5 years I agree with a lot of other comments on here. After working 40+ hours a week with people, you tend to form a few friendships. I have a few co-workers that I also hang out with outside of work, so of course I would see no problem hugging them while I'm at work. I do, however, cross the line when it comes to dating. I don't date co-workers, because that could get messy. Happsmjc 5 years i obviously have a totally different relationship with my co-workers/boss. we are all close, and hug/touch them all the time (like runningesq they are my friends) maybe its because its a law office too?? SDTransplant 5 years I just hugged a co-worker today because it was her last day and she's nice. And I've hugged my boss on a few occasions because she's like an older sister to me and she's great. But there are other co-workers I wouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole. It totally depends on the person and the situation. Chouette4u 5 years Is it *ever* appropriate? Yes. Is it *always* appropriate? NO. JessRose 5 years 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. PJEdge 5 years Sure if you have know the person for awhile, it's their birthday, getting married, leaving the company or having a baby...nothing wrong with any of those scenarios runningesq 5 years but I also continue ... DUR! "but I also CONSIDER" runningesq 5 years I hug my co workers, but I also continue my co workers my friends :) GlowingMoon 5 years Sure. I would give congratulations hugs, thank you hugs (for presents), happy holiday hugs, etc. Of course, I would take those hugs, too. lydialee_home 5 years We give each other a hug on our Christmas/New Year party before the Christmas shutdown. That's the only time we hug each other. 5 years I personally have a no touch policy. I don't like co-workers/bosses touching me, especially if I don't know them well. Spectra 5 years A woman I worked with lost her mom and when I saw her, I gave her a hug. I only did it because our whole lab is kind of a big family...we're all women and we work at a hospital and, well, we're huggers. At my old job, my boss (a man) gave me a hug once and it was extremely weird because he was my boss and he was kind of a creep. It depends on the situation and the people involved, I think.