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Old 25.08.2011, 16:29
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A German etiquette group has divided opinion with its calls for a ban on greeting kisses in the workplace, which it labels "too private, too intimate, and too unprofessional".

The recommendations come from the influential Essen-based Knigge-Gesellschaft, an etiquette association whose pronouncements are followed with interest by German speakers in several countries, including Switzerland.

But not everybody is enamoured with the group's rules of workplace disengagement. In an opinion piece published by the Tages Anzeiger newspaper, Annett Altvater from online magazine takes issue with the calls for osculatory restraint.

“If the greeting kiss in the workplace is to be banned, it seems like we have been afflicted with a prudish American ‘cover your ass’ campaign.”

In these recessionary times, the association is trying to lay down the law, arguing that tactful behaviour in the workplace has become fashionable again.

Read the full article: Office etiquette: should kisses be banned?

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