Have you ever cried at work? What triggered you…a loss? frustration? sadness? anger? Crying at work is a complicated topic. People that do cry at work tend to judge themselves and say…”Oh I should not have cried at work.” People who are on the receiving end of crying are not always sure what to do with the tears other than perhaps secretly hope it won’t last too long. Most men and women, try to prevent tears at work. Yet, we are human and we have a host of emotions. How did such a basic response get so complex?
Perhaps you know coworkers who have been embarrassed by crying at work. Often men and women who are highly empathetic and strong relationship builders find themselves navigating their own tears and tears of colleagues. Multiple studies reveal some facts and perceptions about tears in the workplace. [Read more…]