So you cried at the of­fice

ELLE (Canada) - - Career -

Anne Kreamer, au­thor of It’s Al­ways Per­sonal: Nav­i­gat­ing Emo­tion in the New Work­place, of­fers tips on how to get over it. OWN IT. “If you’re in a meet­ing, be direct. Say ‘Well, that hit a nerve’ and ex­cuse your­self—even if it’s just to go get a glass of wa­ter—to re­gain your com­po­sure.” RE­FLECT. “If you’re cry­ing in the of­fice ev­ery day, there’s likely some­thing far more sub­stan­tive than what’s go­ing on in the work­place. See your tears like a ‘Check en­gine light’ on a car dash­board. Try to de­velop the emo­tional re­siliency to be self-aware.” COM­MU­NI­CATE . “Learn how to ex­press your emo­tions in a more pro­duc­tive way to avoid the sit­u­a­tion that made you cry in the first place. In times of high stress, try to com­mu­ni­cate that you’re hu­man, not a per­fect par­a­digm of pro­duc­tiv­ity—be­cause no one can live up to that ideal.” LET IT GO. “There’s no ‘tis­sue ceil­ing’—peo­ple can be suc­cess­ful at all lev­els of man­age­ment, and cry­ing is a bi­o­log­i­cal thing that peo­ple are wired to do. Don’t beat your­self up over it.”

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