It’s been said that the handshake is a gesture that conveys trust and respect. The handshake is depicted on stone slabs as far back as 4th-century BC, where some believe it was a gesture of peace, demonstrating that the hands hold no weapons [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Handshake]
In many corporate environments employees face conflict, miscommunications, personality collisions, and most importantly – missing the ability to connect face to face since we live in an age where social media and electronic mail dominate our communication channels. Yes, email is convenient and online chat groups are efficient tools for quick answers; but do these channels truly support a longer term working relationship? How can one convey trust and respect through email?
In recent months I’ve made it a personal goal to reach out directly to my counterparts, and shake their hand. It’s gone a long way, and overtime, I’m confident that conflict, miscommunication and personality collisions will be mitigated – sounds like a fair way to work, right?
What methods of inter-office communication are used in your workplace?