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article imageGerman society calls for kissing to be banned in the workplace

By Christopher Bates     Aug 11, 2011 in Lifestyle
Dortmund - A German etiquette and social behaviour society has called for kissing to be banned in the workplace. While two kisses on the cheek are common in France, the Knigge Society says many Germans find it uncomfortable.
The Knigge Society's chairman, Hans-Michael Klein, has advised workers to stick to the traditional handshake after receiving several e-mails on the issue.
In an interview with the BBC, Klein said: "We can't forbid [kissing in the workplace].
"But we have to protect people who don't want to be kissed. So we are suggesting that if people don't mind it, they announce it with a little paper message placed on their desk.
"People say this is not typical German behaviour. It has come from places like Italy, France and South America, and belongs in a specific cultural context. We don't like it, they say."
Following a survey conducted by the Knigge Society, "most people said they didn't like it. They feel there is somehow an erotic aspect to it - a form of body contact which can be used by men to get close to a woman."
Klein added: "Kissing simply gets on the nerves of many at work. It is a form of terror.
"In business the handshake is considered the correct greeting ritual. Stand apart from one another approximately 60cm and shake."
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