So who should have to adjust?
Is it fair to base it on the popular "when in Rome, do as the Romans" adage? If so, how do you communicate this to unintentionally offending parties without turning it into an international incident? Should I just get over it and chalk it up to new experiences? Or am I turning a blind eye when I could be helping this associate correct something that may be bothering others as well?
Song Of The Day:
"Don't Stand So Close To Me" by the Police is a perfect song for this post, but not because of the lyrics ... just the title of the song. The flip side is that in other cultures where personal space should be closer and more intimate, we as Americans should acquiesce to their customs and lean in more when speaking. I believe it is only fair to ask others to change if we are willing to change ourselves.