So your col­league cried at the of­fice

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Dr. David Posen, Cana­dian au­thor of Is Work Killing You?, ex­plains how to deal. BE RE­AS­SUR­ING. “Val­i­date your col­league’s emo­tion and say ‘I am try­ing to un­der­stand why you felt that way.’ Help them to not feel weak or less than.” OFER SUP­PORT. “Be an ear to lis­ten, or if they have an on­go­ing prob­lem, help them iden­tify a re­source, like a fam­ily doc­tor or com­pany em­ployee-as­sis­tance pro­gram.” BE AN AD­VO­CATE . “If some­one is get­ting emo­tional be­cause they’re be­ing dressed down in front of oth­ers, try to in­ter­vene. Say ‘Can we take a five-minute break?’” DON’T JUDGE TOO HARSHLY . “Cry­ing hap­pens. It doesn’t mean they are weak; it just means they’re hu­man.”

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