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 Source: Getty Read More Office CultureThe GrindYour Two CentsSavvy PollCo-WorkersPoll Get inspired with our daily newsletter Vegetarian Love and Sex Tech Food Home 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.