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Crying, but make it glitter.
It’s #internationalicryatworkday as coined by @shopbando in order to help destigmatize emotions at work. Aka now officially one of my favourite campaigns ever.
I remember the first time I cried in an office environment. It was my first job out of university, a few months in and I ended up crying to my manager because I was being blamed for something that wasn’t my fault by a member of upper management. I felt like showing that emotion made me weak, and unprofessional, and that my manager was judging me for it. Little did I know that would be the first of many occasions crying in that office, although most afterwards took place in the loos. Crying at work is okay. I’ve made friends through mutual loo-crying sessions, I’ve hidden in cupboards to text friends who were crying in the loos at their office, I’ve even sat sobbing at my desk whilst having to power on through to get work done because I was too busy. You should never have a job that makes you cry on a regular basis, but we’re all human and every now and then things (work related or not) get a little too much. It’s okay to show emotion at work, and employers should support you in those times. I’m lucky enough to now work for a company that never makes me want to cry, but I know if/when things do get a little too much I’m surrounded by a team I can talk to and who will support me. And that’s the best feeling. #icryatwork