Help me not to offend people
March 31, 2010 4:07 AM Subscribe
Help me not to offend everyone in the whole world!
posted by cromagnon to Human Relations (14 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
I have a new job starting in the autumn. In it I'll be meeting lots of different sorts of people from all over the world, which I'm looking forward to. But it opens up a whole load of questions: should I offer to shake hands with a muslim man from Indonesia? A Thibetan buddhist woman? Do Pacific islanders drink alcohol? Coffee? Is the high five still the best formal greeting for Americans, or has it been replaced by the chest bump? And so on :)
in short: how should I learn international interpersonal protocol skills?
PS: meeting these people is not my main role, otherwise my employer would be providing training - I've already had diversity and cultural sensitivity courses, but they focus on "within workplace" longer term interactions. I want to know how to come over well in fifteen minutes with someone I'm not likely to see again.