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Crying at Work

Have You Ever Cried on the Job?

Lots of you gave great suggestions on how to not let your personal affairs affect your work life. suggested to "Put your cellphone in your bag on silent, drink an extra cup of coffee, and jump headfirst into a project that requires little critical thinking but is very absorbing."

However, if you're feeling really emotional, sometimes it's hard to control your tears even when you're in the work setting. Although my personal life was fine at the time, I remember tearing up on my last day at an internship, because I was really sad to see it end and to say goodbye to my colleagues. I had asked for a week's extension and was unfortunately denied because the company had a strict policy regarding the length of internships. Dorky but true: when HR told me they couldn't extend my internship for another week, I excused myself, walked briskly to the bathroom, and locked myself in a stall to cry. Not exactly my most professional moment, but I've learned to better control my emotions since then.

Have you ever cried on the job?

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itsme3683 itsme3683 6 years
I did once, a few weeks ago. I was working with a difficult client, and things were piling up, and a conference call went poorly and it just set me off. Everybody knew I was upset because as soon as I got back to my desk I had 2 inter-office IMs, but I kept cool for long enough to get to my car to cry. I did have another coworker cry for HOURS at the work because she made a mistake on an assignment and got called out. In her defense, it was a little harsh, but people definitely questioned her credibility afterward.
amber512 amber512 6 years
Yes I have. Thankfully I work at a church where everyone is very loving and understanding. And I certainly am not the first to let the tears loose. I had a huge personal problem and was able to get advice, hugs, and a day off.
le-romantique le-romantique 6 years
Just last week. My mom called to tell me my grandpa was in the hospital and it was serious... so I was noticeably upset and was allowed to leave.
testadura67 testadura67 6 years
I have. Many times. For many reasons. But only once in front of people. And that was because when my uncle died unexpectedly, I was given time off, the company sent flowers, and my boss paid for my family's rental car out of his own pocket when we got to NY for the funeral and our reserved car was somehow unavailable. I was thanking them at the morning meeting for their generosity and the mixture of grief, gratitude, and jet lag did it.
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 6 years
I did. Once - because I was being singled-out and treated cruely by the boss. I hid in an office but basically everyone there knew. I quit that crap job and I vowed to never work in a place that would make me cry like that again.
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