How to handle holiday huggers and other types of assertive well-wishers at work?

Dec 23, 2013

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The holidays have a way of bringing out the joie de vivre in people, but what’s acceptable behaviors at a family holiday celebration might not translate as well in a work-related setting.

We’ve all met the indiscriminate holiday hugger, or the inebriated co-worker that tends to over-share at the company Christmas party.

With the explosion of holiday and New Year’s eve parties around this time of the year, where work and leisure tend to collide more and more, what should we be mindful of so we don’t overstep certain social boundaries?


Alison Green, founder and advice columnist at Ask a Manager, a popular blog that deals with workplace issues. She is also a contributing writer at U.S. News & World Report

Peggy Drexler, Assistant Professor at Weill Medical College at Cornell University and the author of “Our Fathers, Ourselves: Daughter, Fathers, and the Changing American Family” (Rodale Books, 2011). 

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