Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-06-07 08:53:48 –
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida — Right and wrong Shake handsAccording to Sherry Thomas, President of Palm Beach Etiquette.
“We Americans have only one or two standard greeting styles,” she said.
Thomas is currently consulting with a company about the so-called greeting gray area that exists within the COVID-19 pandemic.
“What I see in the enterprise is that there are no standards,” she said. “I call a lot of people and ask for their opinions on how I feel, but I think it varies from person to person.”
Thomas recommends a “virtual handshake”.
“To break the ice a little when they meet virtually,” said Thomas. “I’ll send you a virtual handshake.” “
She said she was ready to shake hands and hug her when she returned to the office.
“Everyone understands and experiences the psychological trauma we have endured during this time,” she said. “Because this was a major test in our lives. Please use your conscience as a guide. “
“It’s usually a fist clash,” said Eric Cornell, managing director of Ameriprise Financial’s Cornell Group.
“At this point, the hugs are definitely over,” he said. “Elbow ridges? Yeah, we get them.”
He has been a staple in the business world for a very long time. In the past, if someone didn’t shake hands, he was unlikely to do business with that person.
“Probably not. It’s a sign of trust and respect, so it doesn’t really reflect on us,” he said. “The reality is a forced change.”
This is a compulsory change, and business owners in some regions are also doing new normal operations.
Ellen Bauer, owner of Wellness Jar Medical Spa, said employees greet customers at the front door and look at their level of comfort.
“We open the door,” she said. “We provide them with a hand sanitizer. We detect it as soon as they come in. You signal that. You can receive it and use it for your interactions. “
This is a system that was introduced after anxious exchanges during the heyday of the pandemic.
“They (employees) didn’t know what to do other than shaking hands with deer eyes and saying’I don’t know what happened’,” OK, let’s talk about it, “she says. T.
Thomas says it’s okay to stop someone who is “getting hot” if they aren’t ready to shake hands or hug.
“I hope you understand, but now I’m a little used to it. Don’t shake hands or hug, don’t get angry,” simply say. And once you set yourself up that way, most people are very kind and very accepting of understanding, “she said.” If anyone is offended by it, their I think there may be a problem on the side. “
For those who go to the handshake event, Thomas says he’s willing to pick up a handshake disinfectant. She said she explains that it’s now only part of life.
Thomas believes the handshake and hug will come back. It’s only a matter of time.
“It may take a year, or a couple of years, but I think it will eventually return to its previous state,” she said.
The story was originally published by Tory Dunnan at Scripps Station. WPTV In Palm Beach, Florida.