Business Hugs Versus Handshakes

By Robert Half January 12, 2016 at 3:43pm

Business Hugs Versus Handshakes

How common is it for you to greet the following individuals with a hug instead of a handshake in the United States?

PROFESSIONALS ARE MORE APT TO GREET COWORKERS WITH A HUG TODAY VERSUS FIVE YEARS AGO

2016 2011
VERY COMMON 10% 7%
SOMEWHAT COMMON 44% 23%
NOT COMMON AT ALL 22% 57%
NEVER 23% 13%

BUT HUGGING CLIENTS/BUSINESS CONTACTS REMAINS RARE

2016 2011
VERY COMMON 5% 3%
SOMEWHAT COMMON 17% 21%
NOT COMMON AT ALL 33% 61%
NEVER 44% 15%

Responses may not total 100 percent as some executives answered “Don’t know.”

Source: The Creative Group survey of more than 400 U.S. marketing and advertising executives

© 2016 The Creative Group. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veteran.

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