The poll of 3,000 workers found that 45% of the people who said they had cried at work said it was because of their bosses or co-workers, with more than 15% saying it was due to workload, and 13% saying they were upset by workplace bullying. Only 19% of the respondents were actually upset by personal, non-work issues.
The workplace can be a highly stressful environment, so it’s important not to beat yourself up about the odd tear. But what can you do in the short term to recover from a workplace cry?
First of all, it’s important to remember that however embarrassed you feel, you’re extremely unlikely to have done irreparable damage to your career. The journalist and former corporate executive Anne Kreamer conducted a survey of 700 people for her book It’s Always Personal: Navigating Emotion in the New Workplace, and found that 41% of women (and 9% of men) of all management levels had cried at work. None of them felt it had made a difference to their success.