It’s okay to cry on the job: 8 out of 10 people admit to crying at work

It’s okay to let your feelings out even when at work.

Eight out of 10 people admit to having cried at work, according to a new study from massive job search company

Approximately half, 45 percent to be exact, of those who cry at work, say their bosses or co-workers were the reason.

“The results show that there are multiple factors—a toxic boss or co-worker, or a heavy workload—that can make people cry at work, providing further proof that American workers are suffering, “Monster’s chief marketing officer Jonathan Beamer said.

About 1/5 of the people who participated in the survey said their cry was due to non-work, personal issues.

Still, even if 80% of people admit to having cried on the job, it’s likely they are closing the door of a conference room or taking a moment in the restroom to shed their tears, said Monster career expert Vicki Salemi in an interview. Crying in the workplace still carries a stigma, she added, because some see it as a sign of weakness.

She added that in many cases, crying at work can be a sign of a toxic environment.

“If someone else sees you, it’s not ‘game over,’ ” Salemi added. The more important challenge is to “do an internal check-in: ‘Why am I upset?’ Get to the root of it, then figure out the solution.”

Have you cried at work? How has it helped you?

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