Thursday, March 24

Reach out and touch someone

I am a touchy feely person. Quite given to hugs and cuddles and touches and and and. Obviously have to be careful at work, cant really see cuddles in a straight laced place like a bank. Or for that matter any other firm. But touching is good. But its surprising how few people hug and touch each other at work. But I do, frequently hug people.

As it turns out, its good management practise as well. Quoting from here.

The effect of touch on compliance to a request has traditionally been tested with small solicitation (answer to a small questionnaire, give a dime to a confederate ....). In our experiment a larger request was evaluated. Passersby, 53 men and 67 women, were asked by two confederates to look after a large and very excited dog for 10 minutes because each wanted to go into a pharmacy where animals were prohibited. In half of the cases, subjects were touched during the request. Analysis showed that, when touched, 55% of the subjects agreed with the request whereas 35% only in the no-touch control condition agreed. This finding indicates that touch was positively associated with the subjects' compliance (p<.03).

Source: "An evaluation of touch on a large request: a field setting." from Psychol Rep. 2002 Feb;90(1):267-9.

That, my friends, doesnt mean that you go about groping somebody. its a fine art :) but as it looks like, its good to reach out and touch somebody.

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