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by Abigail Van Buren

Personality Dictates Who Says Hello First

DEAR ABBY: I have been wondering for a long time if there is any rule of etiquette about who should greet whom first when a co-worker arrives at the workplace. Should the working person greet the incoming person first, or the other way around? -- CURIOUS GEORGE

DEAR GEORGE: In cases like this, the more outgoing co-worker usually says hello first -- not because any rule of etiquette demands it, but because of his or her personality. If you are standing on ceremony waiting to be greeted, speak up or you will appear to be unfriendly.

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