Crying at Work

A reader writes…

I burst into tears the other day at work.  I’m worried about what my boss must think. Have I just sabotaged my career… and professional reputation?

Dear “Fears over Tears,”

Crying at work is never recommended… but sometimes it happens (work-related or not) 

 Though I don’t know what your boss or work environment is like, I am fairly certain that you have not “sabotaged” your career or reputation. Come on, you’re only human… things happen.

Needless to say, the last thing the office needs is a baby dressed in a suit.  When you’re feeling overly emotional, try to pull yourself together by stepping outside or gracefully removing yourself from a group setting. 

Here’s a question to consider, “Are you getting enough sleep?”

Sometimes we tend to become overly sensitive when we’re overly tired.  Just a thought.

Every situation is different, but whatever the case, you’re not alone.  Tears in the workplace can happen to the best of us. I stumbled upon an article recently that addresses this very issue.
Click here to read how to prevent future outbursts and how to move on.

Cheer up!

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. rosalina
    Apr 10, 2012 @ 18:01:25

    Don’t worry I did the same thing about four months ago, and my manager seems to dislike me more every day after that she bullies me all the time because she thinks I am weak and is not that I cried because I am weak but because I could not do anything about my problem. My partner at work takes advantage of me by showing up to work late , missing work very often and not doing the work so guess who is stuck doing it ? Yes me because I don’t like to do things half way or turn in my work late. So show them it was a moment of weakness but you are over it and you are ready to move on and live it in the passed . I know what I am telling you I regret not doing it sooner now I am bullied by my manager and my partner at work.



  2. ida
    Mar 30, 2011 @ 18:01:05

    i really think you shouldnt worry about what your boss thinks. i understand it was at work but just know that everything happens for a reason. i am a believer and stand on Gods word i encourage you to read psalms 119 he is the only person you have to fear. god bless



  3. cesar castañeda
    Mar 30, 2011 @ 16:31:56

    I agree as long as work is wanted than done! 🙂



  4. Ryan
    Mar 30, 2011 @ 16:04:56

    It does depend on why you were crying. If you were engaged and your spouse-to-be is no more (died tragically, dumped you, cheated on you, etc.) it is quite normal and expected to cry. Crying because John13374752934857 unfriended you on Facebook just makes you look like a wuss.



  5. Magaly
    Mar 30, 2011 @ 10:49:05

    por necesito mucho un trabajo



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Anita Clew's blog posts are intended for general guidance and should never be taken as legal advice. In all instances where harassment, inequity, or unfair treatment is believed to be present, please consult your HR Department or legal representation.
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