Getting used to avoiding handshakes was one thing, but in France (and other parts of Europe), la bise is on the out. I heard this from a friend during the April 2019 timeframe when C-19 had just started to land — and in a small village in France they were ostracized for not engaging in the tradition of la bise.
When I was in Silicon Valley, there was a famous venture capitalist who always refused to shake hands. Instead, he went by the “fist bump” — which he claimed resulted in him rarely catching colds.
So I thought it interesting how the SHRM has given new guidelines for how to manage workplace salutations. They are:
- Nod and smile
- Do “the head dip”
- Briefly wave
- Take a bow
- Do a namaste
- Give old-fashioned eye contact