This means being mindful of your actions and understanding that your actions, even if well-intended, may be received very differently by others.
Rule #2: No Inappropriate Touching
Think about the moment and your relationship to the person. A handshake is typically okay, but be wary of the "handshake plus" and use your best judgment.
Rule #3: It's Not About You, It's About Me
Whether you use handshakes or hugs, it's about how I, as the recipient, receive your actions, whether they're verbal or physical.
Rule #4: No Dreams, and Definitely No Beds
Remember rule #1? Never talk about dreams or fantasies that involve other people; it's uncomfortable for everyone. Also, don't talk about what you think of in bed; that's creepy.
Rule #5: Keep Compliments Work-Appropriate
Keep compliments at work appropriate, and never compliment a body part. Don't be creepy, and don't be overly forthcoming with compliments.
Rule #6: Keep Your Clothes On
We never thought we'd have to say this, but apparently, we do. Keep your clothes on--at all times.
Rule #7: Apply the Rules Equally
These rules apply equally in person or remote, online or offline, from conferences, meetings, and happy hours to holiday parties and any other events outside the office where colleagues are present, whether it's a "work event" or not.
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