I have never cried at work, and I feel like the only one.
In my defense, if you work in a male-dominated industry crying is seen as weakness or evidence of lack-of-control. That’s probably why I have never cried at work (although I cry hysterically during certain movies).
I’ve always worked in male-dominated industries, mostly in radio. I’d go as far as to say that majority of radio stations I have worked at throughout my career aren’t just male-dominated, they are also completely sexist.
“Australian men are NOT sexist,” an angry, sexist man yelled at me at one particularly sexist radio station. Crying in front of him or anywhere near him was not an option.
Thankfully as I’ve gotten older I’ve gotten much better at controlling where, when and in front of whom I cry.
Crying in the car on the way home though? Completely fine. Necessary, even. That’s where I have done most of my career crying actually.
Fast-forward to Mamamia Women’s Network and crying here, I think, would be a totally fine thing to do. Part of life.
“There’s no place for those tears in that moment,” CBS News correspondent Mika Brzezinski told Huffington Post after she burst into tears when she was fired.
“If anything, when you cry, you give power away.”
Does it though? Does the act of crying – something most people don’t have control over – give power away? Or is it something we should work to embrace. After all, it’s healthier to release emotions than let them all in.
There are lots of reasons someone might cry at work, from the heart-wrenching to the slightly ridiculous, at least that’s what I’ve gauged from this morning’s confessions by Mamamia staff.
Mamamia staff talk about reasons they’ve cried at work. At past jobs. Not their current job. Article continues after his video.