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It's OK to Cry at Work — Sometimes

The conventional wisdom on crying at work is: Don't do it. Executive coaches advise clients to hold back tears in times of distress. But what about when there's no stopping the waterworks? It happens. Many of us have had emotionally overwhelming moments at the office, and you know what? It's totally acceptable. That's right. It's OK to—sometimes—cry at work.

This week, Francesca and Rebecca tackle the taboo of tears in the office, arguing that crying at work, in moderation, is natural and can even be beneficial. They're joined by crying experts Susan Orlean and Sarah Thyre, who host Crybabies, a podcast about which movies, books, and music make people cry. Together they discuss strategies for making the most out of a good office cry.

You spend more time at your job than anywhere else. Each week, Game Plan hosts Rebecca Greenfield and Francesca Levy take a close look at the way we live our lives at work—our frustrations, dilemmas, habits, and anything else that happens in the office.

 

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