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If there’s a good rea­son, I don’t think there’s any­thing wrong with it. “30 x, r f הll, p s ’s at . I’m cl"e to $% s***!”

Tears in the of­fice might not be the to­tal pro­fes­sion­al­life ru­iner you think they are.

Edi­tor-In-Chief Of A Life­style Mag­a­zine

“In a for­mer life, my ap­proach to tears in the work­place was un­com­pro­mis­ing. Don’t. Ever. But that’s ab­surd. Of course tears are ac­cept­able. The truth is, there are al­ways tears when you man­age staff. It can be over some­thing big or small but in vir­tu­ally all cases it can’t be helped. Never in my time have I thought lesser of any­one. On the con­trary, I think in al­most ev­ery case I have felt pleased to be able to as­sist and grate­ful for the hon­esty.”

Min­is­ter For Em­ploy­ment Par­tic­i­pa­tion, And Early Child­hood And Child­care

“I think it’s dif­fer­ent if it is work-re­lated as op­posed to bring­ing in per­sonal is­sues. Get it out, I say! It’s about con­text. I’ve teared up in par­lia­ment nu­mer­ous times, like the pass­ing of the Na­tional Dis­abil­ity In­sur­ance Scheme laws, etc.”

Founder Of A Re­tail Out­let

“We’re all emo­tional peo­ple and if there’s a good rea­son for cry­ing I don’t think there’s any­thing wrong with it at all. If some­one is be­ing ag­gres­sive to­wards an em­ployee, one of the best ways to stop them is to burst into tears. I like peo­ple to share their emo­tions, so I would sup­port any­one if they came into my of­fice cry­ing. I wouldn’t think any worse of any­one cry­ing; I would think bet­ter of them and they’d be more likely to be pro­moted be­cause they showed com­pas­sion. There’s noth­ing wrong with show­ing your emo­tions.”

CEO Of An Event Man­age­ment Com­pany

“We’re all whole be­ings with feel­ings and emo­tions, and more and more th­ese days, the lines be­tween work and home are blur­ring. Evolved man­agers and busi­nesses want you to bring your whole self to work – not just be a fa­cade. If that means ex­press­ing your­self and re­veal­ing that some­thing up­sets you from time to time, so be it. If a busi­ness won’t sup­port you be­ing your whole self, find an­other one that will!”

Ex­ec­u­tive Chair­man Of A Fran­chise

“If some­one cries be­cause some­thing has hap­pened to them, I haven’t got a prob­lem with that. It al­ways de­pends on the sit­u­a­tion but I’ve seen the tough­est blokes I know shed a tear. If you break down ev­ery morn­ing, that’s not okay, but you can’t say that cry­ing is a sign of weak­ness or will af­fect your ca­reer.”

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