Crying at Work — And Other Emotionally Intelligent Career Advancement Strategies

Dana Theus
2 min readAug 24, 2023

I’m not a cryer, but that doesn’t mean I’ve never found myself crying at work — or wanting to very, very, very, badly. Harsh judgements, bullies, layoffs, no sleep, big risks gone sideways, bad personal news crashing into our workdays…there are many good reasons that tears are an appropriate response to the lives we lead in the workplace. And despite the fact that everyone experiences this, our workplace cultures are pretty terrible at guiding us about how to handle tearful emotions constructively.

As potentially the only positive outcome of our collective pandemic trauma, we are beginning to see emotionally intelligent ways of thinking about stress, grief and overwhelming uncertainty at the office evolve. The rethinking of work as a place of pure rationality has surfaced the idea that crying at work may not be the career-ending behavior it used to be. This is welcome news to many people too-often dismissed for “sensitive personalities” at the office especially, women.

Yet we still don’t have much culturally appropriate guidance for how to think about crying at work in the context of our career and personal brand development. So in the article below, we’ll explore this in the hopes that you can walk away with some new assumptions and mindsets to try out, both when faced with someone on the brink of (or over the edge of) tears, or when the tears well up within you.

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Dana Theus

Thought leader on how personal power creates change. Coach. Entrepreneur. Women’s Leadership Advocate. CEO: www.InPowerCoaching.com