“Is it okay to cry at work?”
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Posted by: Barbara Francella
By Trudy Bourgeois
Sometimes situations in the workplace are very stressful or emotional. Is it okay to cry at work?
We are wired emotionally — both men and women. As little girls, we are taught to cry as a way
to express ourselves. But crying is not a language that the dominant group
(white men) understands.
If you need to cry, then cry. Don't, however,
make that a default pattern. Don't get the label of not being able to
control your emotions. In the right environment, yes, cry. If you're a credible
leader with a solid brand, if your people admire you, they'll respond
For heaven's sake, the president of the United States wept openly.
There is great strength found in emotion. It just has to be channeled in
the right and appropriate venues.
Trudy Bourgeois is happy to answer your career
questions. Please email them to NEW Communications Manager Barbara Grondin Francella.
Trudy Bourgeois is founder and CEO of the Center for Workforce Excellence and NEW Executive Leaders
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