Originally Posted by Angle Queen
I also wanted to add...about patting on the back in business. Other than shaking hands, it is often the only form of physical contact between long-time colleagues...particularly men. Sometimes, women will hug each other...but even that's fairly rare at the office.
It depends on which country...In Belgium, it's common to hug people and giving a kiss on the cheek for saying "Hi" even if you don't know very well the personn (even when it's the first time you meet him/her).
Even at the office, it's really common (even with the boss)... Except during your job interview
or the first time you meet your boss.