Avoid hugging colleagues in workplace; professional settings discourage it. Hug sparingly at events, considering relationship.
Clear comfort needed for hugs among colleagues and with service providers. Handshakes are formal and respectful alternatives.
Respect personal space; no hugs when sick, masked, injured. Watch cues and body language for consent.
Respect cultural/religious norms: Avoid hugging if their background doesn't permit. Clothing cues signal whether to ask.
Hugs are great, but timing matters. If arms are full, prioritize tasks first. Example: "Welcome! Let's stow these, then hug!"
Respect personal space; understand relationships and context. Hug at weddings, respect choices at funerals. With kids, let them decide.