Waterman47 wrote:Pearalegal wrote:Waterman47 wrote:It's different in OP's case, because most people would understand that there is some relation between her dress and her hand-shake policy. If she was dressed "normally" and refused to shake hands, it'd be different. So in that sense, I'm not sure that the hand-shake issue adds to the problem that much. Most would understand it to be an extension of the dress that they surely would have noticed. If they viewed her dress negatively, it wouldn't matter too much if she did shake hands. If they didn't view her dress negatively, a refusal to shake hands wouldn't create problems IMO.
I realize I'm coming off totally ignorant here, but guys can shake a females hand? I was assuming it went both ways. Wouldn't it have to?
No, I've always known it to go both ways. Didn't mean to imply that it doesn't. A Muslim guy observing strict Muslim teachings would refuse handshakes with the opposite gender.
Haha, oh, ok. Then I stand by my, I'd be stupidly awkward for a little bit comment. I punch shoulders too often. I'd probably be a stiff board in fears I'd offend anyone (then I'm sure I'd stop being such a bozo once I got to know the guy).
However, regardless if its risky, and might raise a few eyebrows, if its OP's belief, its her belief and she shouldn't compromise it. Obviously shes navigated the professional waters before and seemed to do well despite some awkwardness, so hopefully that will continue.