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glenbren
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glenbren,
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7/31/2014 | 1:25:57 AM
Re: Sacrifice...
"Mutual trust and respect is created by shaking hands"

I never realized how important a handshake was! I've never been a fan of shaking hands, even before I knew it could kill me. I always found it kind of a fake and unnatural thing to do, that you're then judged on. How about a good nod, why wouldn't that work?
Susan_Nunziata
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7/30/2014 | 7:57:45 PM
Re: Sacrifice...
@DM Romano: You are once again the voice of reason here. We have survived this long with the hand-shaking ritual, I suppose it will take more than a few pesky germs transferred during a handshake to bring about the end times. 
Susan_Nunziata
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Susan_Nunziata,
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7/30/2014 | 7:55:58 PM
Re: Is This From the Onion or the Daily Currant?
@asksqn: Gross, but true. Maybe we should all start carrying those CSU UV lights that detect bodily fluids and subject each person we meet to a blast of light before we shake hands. Or, even better, use those swab things that they use at the airport security to detect any traces of suspicious chemicals on one's hands. If we can do that, surely we can have a swab that detects viruses.

Might ruin the warm-and-fuzzies of the typical business meeting, though, if we ask people to swab first, shake later.
nomii
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nomii,
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7/30/2014 | 5:22:06 PM
Re: or...
@[email protected] you  must have misunderstood my post. I am not asking to be discriminative but developing a culture which might be both beneficial as well as productive. I just gave you an example. In no way I want to disriminate between your worker which will definitely make you less productive. Do you think without handshakes the company will not flourish. I really have my doubts and thinks that it is very much possible.
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PedroGonzales,
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7/30/2014 | 4:07:11 PM
Re: This is REALLY hard to do
that is a really gross story david.  I guess we should become more like the Japanese and bow our heads before we meet someone. Whatever happen to politelly warning someone, one has a cold before rejecting their handshake.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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7/30/2014 | 3:23:19 PM
Re: Doing Business Without Handshakes
@zerox203- Thanks for the support. Yes, that was my point. 

I admit that I've written about more important things, but the social nroms around business matter. 

At any rate, I love your story. I can totally imagine an entire conference vibing, at least for a day or two, on a special secret "handshake." There is real value in that kind of exclusiveness. Maybe a team air shake for all the times your team forgets to wash its hands would be valuable not only for keeping healthy but building teamwork.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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7/30/2014 | 3:19:30 PM
Re: This is REALLY hard to do
@Chris- Ha! I've had that situation, too. I had to meet an extreme VIP (can't share who it is). I mean this was the biggest meeting of my life at that point. I had a cold. So I spent the day before guzzling all sorts of medicine and vitamins trying to get better. And then the morning of the meeting I swallowed a whole medicine cabinet of things so I didn't cough on the VIP and used so much hand sanitizer that I probably rubbed off my fingerprints.

The funniest part? The VIP came into the room, shook my hand and promptly coughed all over me and the room. She coughed for an hour into her hand and then she reached out and shook my hand again at the end of the meeting. 

*That* is why you can't just count on handwashing to save the day. :)
D.M. Romano
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7/30/2014 | 1:33:59 PM
Sacrifice...
I honestly see no reason to eliminate the normal forms of greetings given the customs and norms of a given culture. Germs? Unless we're on the cusp of an Ebola outbreak or a zombie apocalypse, it just seems silly and in some sense crude to think otherwise. Utilize technology when necessary to speed up business and bring down cost, but never sacrifice relationships. 
SachinEE
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SachinEE,
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7/30/2014 | 1:02:44 PM
Re: come on now
There are easier ways through which germs can be transferred from one person to the other. Shaking hands in a business environment is very important in fact, it is more than just a hand shake but it is also an important symbol. What you can do is to carry a hand disinfectant with you. I mean that is why they were designed in the first place.
Ashu001
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Ashu001,
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7/30/2014 | 12:45:24 PM
Re: Is This From the Onion or the Daily Currant?
Zubair,

I could'nt start Laughing when I read your post here.

My Recommendation?

Always carry a Hand Sanitizer with you for use because it can help kill majority of common Germs you are afflicted with in these situations.

Can't really avoid Bugs can we today?

 
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