I'm a vet and I've not cried (sobbing) but I have teared up lots with my clients when I've put their animals to sleep.
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12-02-2016 21:32 #21Senior Member
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12-02-2016 21:58 #22
Gosh it's such a broad question!
I have this disability where I cry when I see other people cry. And I work with kids so it's fairly common!
I've cried a couple of times at work over personal stuff, but I'm a very private person so I try as hard as I can to keep that stuff at home. I often cry floods in the ten minute drive between cc and work but sit in the car til I'm over it.
I think feeling able to cry in the safe company of your colleagues is a sign of a supportive work environment and I don't judge people that do so. We never fully know what someone is going through in their own life.
Crying regularly in front of clients/customers may be a sign that a person is in the wrong job. Crying to manipulate others/get out of stuff/get your own way/have a tanty gives me the $hits.
Our chaplain had a tanty in the staff room today because she messed up her timetable and I told her so (quite nicely I thought). She was like a little storm cloud, stomping round and sniffling and banging stuff, in front of kids and everything. That's the sort of stuff I find really exhausting.
12-02-2016 22:03 #23
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12-02-2016 22:07 #24
I think I've cried at work once or twice. We've had lots of people in our office cry at some point or another. The reaction from everyone (including bosses) is one of "oh no, are they ok? What's happened?"
I've never known anyone to remark that it was unprofessional or look down on that person for it. They're more likely to get asked if they are having a hard time personally and whether they need some time off. It's actually stressed big time in our office (and I assumed the whole industry) to be very proactive about mental health and to make sure people feel safe and comfortable admitting when they are having a hard time.
To me, no-one likes crying at work, it's embarrassing, so if things have gotten to a point where they are crying we should sit up and pay attention.
I'm the manager in a commercial law firm.
12-02-2016 22:11 #25
I have had 2 of my bosses cry at work due to stress / pressures from their boss therefore not personal issues. I did not consider that to be weak or lame or anything like that. Most people hate crying in front of others. It's a way people release their emotions.
I have also cried. If I count it would be about 5 times for different reasons.
So unless it's all the time over really trivial stuff then I wouldn't think too much about it.
12-02-2016 22:27 #26
My last job i cried a bit at work.
I was having an awfully sick pregnancy with terrible hg and hence vomiting up to 20times a day.
Some days i just couldnt hack it and burst into tears.
The partners i worked for were great and if they saw i wasnt coping would insist i go home & drive me there so i didn't have to catch the bus💕
12-02-2016 22:30 #27
I'm a bit of a cryer at times. I was reading the Lion King to DD tonight and I was choking up. I cry when I watch sad movies or read a sad article. For some reason, I frequently cry in front of medical professionals when I have to re-cap DSs medical history or if I'm sick and have to talk about it. I can't help it!!
And yes, I have cried at work a few times for various reasons. Mostly due to personal reasons but it has happened as a result of work-related issues as well. Thankfully I've always managed to keep it together in front of clients.
I've always worked in pretty close-knit teams in client-facing roles so we have all supported each other through some rough times. Clients can be awful sometimes - I once had a senior govt employee, who I had known for a number of years, stand up and yell at me in a meeting in front of several people. It was quite a personal attack that was entirely unjustified and caught me off guard. I was so angry and shocked that it was definitely a struggle to stay composed.
We're all human, and I get quite personally invested in work at times so it does get to me when things don't go well. I don't think that's a bad thing. I had a CEO once who said never to be ashamed of shedding some tears when things are tough as it shows you care about what you do.
12-02-2016 23:30 #28
I have cried a couple of times at work, when co-workers have said something nasty to me.
I'm lucky i face a corner so have just quietly wiped the tears away, another time I went to the bathrooms
I try and mostly save it for the drive home though
13-02-2016 00:29 #29
Yeah I've cried at work. I worked in hospitality until I had DD1 so copped a faceful of abuse from drunk a-holes on a few occasions, a couple of them got personal. I refuse to cry in front of them but walked pretty quickly into the cool room to let loose!
Then there was the time I was taking the bins out & cracked my forehead on the corner of a wall mounted air conditioner that was *just* the right height. That hurt. A lot.
13-02-2016 03:52 #30
In my 12 years of being in my workplace I've cried (privately, in the loo) maybe a handful of times. I also vomited once due to shock but that was a very extreme situation where others were also affected in a similar way, and was pretty understandable given the circumstances.
While it's often frowned upon, I think I'd prefer people have a teary and get whatever it is out of their systems that way rather than let off steam in other ways eg: get pent up and angry. Being a workplace dominated by men I see too much agro (and/or depression) resulting from a culture where people don't feel they can express emotion when they're dealing with immense stress, including tragic cases such as fatalities. I think the same could apply across many other industries where people are pushed to the brink.
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