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Pecking order:
Who shakes whose hand?

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In Germany, shaking hands is a common custom. However, who initiates a handshake can be more perplexing than you might expect. In deciding whether or not to initiate a handshake when introducing yourself, keep the following tips in mind:

  • The colleague higher up the corporate hierarchy always has the "handshake initiative", or the right to offer his or her hand first.
  • If you approach a group of people, you should always extend your hand and introduce yourself.
  • To show respect, always extend your hand to older individuals first.

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