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December 2, 2021

 

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After #MeToo, is there still a place for a hug or cheek kiss at work?
 

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After #MeToo, is there still a place for a hug or cheek kiss at work?
 

Erin Anderssen

For employment lawyer David Whitten, Christmas comes right around the time bartenders at holiday office parties start mixing cocktails. Every holiday, the Toronto lawyer fields calls about sloppy kisses, drifting hands and the manager who ends up with a junior colleague in his hotel room. Even this year, with icky visions of powerful men in bathrobes dancing in our heads, Mr. Whitten is betting that some bozo will decide, during the office holiday picture-taking, that it would be hilarious to squeeze a butt or tweak a breast.
 
"I love this topic!" he writes gleefully in response to my request for an interview about office hugs and cheek kisses, and he should: It's very good for business.
 
So, take it from a lawyer: Play it safe. A comforting hug can turn creepy fast. "La bise," as the French call cheek kissing, can get slimy quick.
 
"The handshake is the safest bet," says Mr. Whitten.
 
An extended hand, friendly but formal, has little slope to slip down.
 
Yet is it fair to ban friendly greetings that have cultural origins? If you can't hug a colleague for becoming engaged, for instance, does that make for a chilly workplace? Or have we arrived at a time when the hug-hating camp has the high ground? Pose the questions, cue the passionate response.
 
 
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From the archives
 
‘Little sexism notebook’ sparks debate in Europe and beyond
 

Lucy Nicholson

‘Little sexism notebook’ sparks debate in Europe and beyond
 

Erin Anderssen and Laura Stone

 
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Amplify: There still aren’t enough female voices in parliaments around the world
 

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Amplify: There still aren’t enough female voices in parliaments around the world
 

Elizabeth Renzetti

 
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Ottawa rules out banning, monitoring sexual relationships between MPs, staff members
 

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Ottawa rules out banning, monitoring sexual relationships between MPs, staff members
 

Laura Stone and Erin Anderssen

 
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Advice
 
My boyfriend has decided we’re engaged, but hasn’t actually proposed. Should I expect more?
My boyfriend has decided we’re engaged, but hasn’t actually proposed. Should I expect more?
 

DAVID EDDIE

 
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Who to tip – and who not to – in today’s app economy
Who to tip – and who not to – in today’s app economy
 

JEREMY FREED

 
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Your guide to navigating awkward conversations on the holiday party circuit
 

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Your guide to navigating awkward conversations on the holiday party circuit
 

David Eddie

 
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First Person
 
I am determined to make a scrapbook for my niece, but I have no idea where to start
 

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I am determined to make a scrapbook for my niece, but I have no idea where to start
 

Connie Gibbs

 
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Why are we so quick to anger these days?
 

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Why are we so quick to anger these days?
 

Vickie Fagan

 
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I’m teaching myself to play the piano – and it’s working (sort of)
 

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I’m teaching myself to play the piano – and it’s working (sort of)
 

Stephen Gauer

 
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ICYMI
 
Compassion, a defining feature of humanity, is at a deficit. How can we change that?
 

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Compassion, a defining feature of humanity, is at a deficit. How can we change that?
 

Erin Anderssen

 
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ASTROLOGY
 
Your daily horoscope: December 2
Your daily horoscope: December 2
 
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