The Power of a Handshake

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?

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One Response to “The Power of a Handshake”

  1. Karol Czyrka →
    May 29, 2014 at 8:08 am #

    Technology: we can’t seem to live without it, but it certainly has impacted our “manners”. I know there have been many rants recently about how addicted we are to our smart phones and tablets. I agree with a lot although I am not giving mine up. However, to your point, we are social creatures and we need to maintain good social habits from the pre-computer days. I try not to initiate one on one conversations with an email. I will seek the person out (if in the office) or call first. I will use email as a back up to say I tried to call. Email is useful when you need to communicate a single message to multiple people. If it triggers a discussion, that should be moved out of email to a phone call or in person meeting.