I’m not complaining. I’m just making an observation.
Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of work in Ottawa. Quebec/French culture is prevalent there in business.
Almost every time I’ve been there, I am greeted or parted by colleagues, some I know, some I don’t, with a two cheek kiss.
That isn’t to say that I never experience this sort thing in Toronto. It does happen from time-to-time, but mostly with good colleagues I’ve known for a long time and who are either European or from Quebec. With the rest all I get or give is either the plain old-handshake or the two-hands together nod.
Personally, I think the two-cheek kiss is fun. It’s social. It’s old-fashioned. It breaks the ice. I feel differently about the person in a positive way. And wow, I’m very surprised that this protocol continues in modern business because there seems to be a lot of uptight people out there about body contact at work.
There’s the germs, for one thing.
There’s the perceived sexism, for another.
Is this a practice that needs to end?
Does the HR lady need to get involved?
Talk amongst yourselves.