Last week a friend and I talked about an interesting topic: crying at work. Some friends think it's a sign of weakness, especially from a woman, but I disagree. Crying doesn't make you weak, it makes you human. And if I saw someone cry, I would remind myself that they are a real person and may just need someone to ask if they're okay.
Some colleagues and I talked about our "secret place" to go cry at the office, which includes "taking a walk" to a deserted part of the building or hiding in a bathroom stall. One girl had a super creative idea, which is to go to the ground floor lobby of a neighboring hotel, where the bathroom stalls are the size of studio apartments. I've received several crying phone calls from bathrooms and the acoustics are amazing.
We even came up with the idea of creating a "crying room" at all offices for women to go for a few moments of alone time to gather themselves. It would be decorated in neutral colors, with soothing waterfall machines and a kitty poster that says "hang in there!" And of course, assorted make up to help touch up your face before going back to your desk.
Crying isn't something to be ashamed of, whether it's at or outside of work. I'm not saying you should cry all the time or at the drop of a hat, but when the urge comes, it's okay to indulge it from time to time. And if your friends are as loyal to you as you hope, then seeing you show tears and emotion won't send them running in the opposite direction.
I may not be the best at consoling people when they're crying (because I want to help,) but if you need a shoulder to cry on or need someone to talk to, I'm your woman.
How does everyone else feel on the this subject? Are you showing weakness if you break down at work or in front of friends?