(Closed) New trainee is a little too friendly. What should I do here?

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
3771 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

How long do you have to train this guy (and put up with this)?  Is there any way you can subtly get out of the situation, like if you’re sitting down don’t stand when he comes up, or suddenly reach for something as he goes to hug… or pretend like you’re sick so no one should touch you in case of germs… I also hate confrontation, so these are the passive ways I would try to deter the hugging :/

Post # 4
1158 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Could u just offer your hand before he is able to hug you?Or maybe fib and day that the company you work for has a strict policy on fraternizing ,blame it on company policy.lol.

Post # 5
3572 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Ugh what a bad situation!  I would probably make some kind of joke like, What are you my grandma??  I have to hug you everytime you come in??  Maybe not the best way to handle it, but it’s something. I would have a hard time with this as I am not the greatest at being upfront when I don’t like something.

Post # 6
604 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Could a strategic high five not fix this?

Post # 7
2196 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

@MrsTVLover:  That’s what I would do. Just make fun of it. So you’re not creating some awkward situation.

Post # 8
9056 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@MrsTVLover:  I would also make a light hearted joke of it like, “I think I get more huge from you than My mom/husband/someone else you’d expect to hug you”.  He should take the hint. If not, you’ll have to decide if you want to be more assertive. Even just a “I’m not really a huggy person” should be a more clear message. 

Post # 9
9674 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Yikes!  That would bug me, too.  Everyone has given some great suggestions, good luck!

Post # 10
4327 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

fist bump

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