According to a new survey from Accountemps, 45 percent of workers have admitted to crying at work. About the same number of CFOs (44 percent) said shedding tears is acceptable as long as it’s not an everyday occasion.
With as much time as we spend at work, there’s bound to be some point in time when we cry in front of our colleagues.
Brandi Clark, Regional Vice President for Robert Half’s Accountemps, says there’s a number of reason why you might cry at work and it varies from personal to professional.
“Workers age 55 and older are more likely to think crying doesn’t affect one’s reputation. Those in the ages of 35 to 54-31 percent said they shed tears and then 18 to 34- there were 25 percent that said it doesn’t affect one’s reputation ,” said Clark.
She said if something happens while you’re at work, step away for a moment.
“Take a moment to yourself to compose yourself because if it’s something that happens often, you don’t want that to be your perception in the workplace that you’re the person who cries in every situation,” said Clark.
There are worse things you could do than cry, however. Most employees would rather have that reaction than something violent happen.