HOW TO HANDLE CRYING CO-WORKERS

Just follow this one weird trick: treat them like normal human beings. http://slate.me/1pJ3zMo
  1. After a @nytimes exposé on harsh working conditions at Amazon, crying in the workplace has become a contentious issue.
    The story’s most notable quotation came from book marketer Beth Olson, who worked for two years at Amazon.
  2. “Nearly every person I worked with, I saw cry at their desk.”
  3. Many took this to mean Amazon’s internal culture was degrading and inhumane.
  4. A recent article from Olga Khazan of The Atlantic argues that the stigma of crying can be linked to sexism.
  5. Khazan says women naturally cry more often than men due to hormonal differences, and that “[m]en have larger tear ducts, so more of their tears can well in their eyes without spilling onto their cheeks."
    She argues crying should be normalized in the office to promote equality.
  6. She suggests a two-step process: not punishing it, and responding kindly.
    But because people cry for many different reasons, adaptable responses are needed.
  7. Sometimes, a crying person may not wish to talk.
    In these situations, try sending a message or text — it’s a low-pressure way to encourage the person to reach out when he’s ready.
  8. Or she might just need a friendly gesture, like an invitation to happy hour or a quick chat.
  9. There’s no way to know exactly why the person is crying, and guessing at reasons is counter-productive.
    If you have a compassionate mindset, everyone benefits: you don’t feel frustrated, and the crying person doesn’t feel embarrassed.
  10. And if you happen to find yourself crying one day, remember that it’s a completely normal human reaction to certain stimuli.