Leader’s Emotions need attention too: Crying on the job

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There are a lot of reasons why some leaders are crying on the job. They may have had an unpleasant boss who made them feel useless or they may be stuck in a tough situation where they need support to get through. Regardless of the cause, a leader’s emotional reaction to the job can be draining. Some people even feel as if they are not up to the task at hand because they are so upset. If you are a leader who is upset while you are supposed to be working, there are a few things that you can do to help yourself get through this period.

Crying while you are working is definitely an acceptable human behavior. However, if you are unable to overcome your negative emotions and you continue to let them get the best of you, then you will simply be sabotaging yourself. Instead of crying, find ways to help yourself. Consider seeking help in any number of ways.

Support from others: Sometimes getting emotional support from those around you is more helpful than if you are trying to cry on your own. Even if you are doing a good job, it can be helpful to have others around you that understand what you are going through and are willing to help you. Look for leaders who you can talk to about your situation. Not all leaders are able to do this but it is very possible. Once you have received support from someone else, you should consider seeking it from a higher source.

Go away for a while: Sometimes just leaving your work environment for a few days can help you recoup from the emotional stress that is often caused by being fired from a job. Consider taking a short vacation away from work for a day or two. If you think this would not be a good idea, talk to your boss about it. Sometimes you can be fired for what you are going through emotionally at work, which means you may need to go away from work. Take advantage of this and figure out some alternative methods of taking care of yourself for a short period of time.

Get support from others: Do not stay at home over your rough spot because of the stress you are causing yourself. The more support you receive, the better off you will be. Consider talking to your co-workers about your situation. You will find many are willing to help you in whatever way they can because they too are going through a rough spot of their own. If your leaders are crying on the job, you may need to get additional emotional support from the people in your company.

Consider asking for some emotional support from your seniors as they see how you are handling the situation. Sometimes just a simple “I am feeling lonely and isolated” or “I am hurting and feeling angry” can be all it takes. Once you start to receive some real emotional support, your anger will go away and your depression will dissipate.

Another thing that leaders are crying on the job is that they are frustrated and unhappy. If you notice that they are constantly brooding and have a constant state of anger, frustration, or sadness, they are feeling that way. It is important to try and set up some kind of structure so they can vent for a short period of time. If you cannot do this, consider writing them a letter of frustration explaining the problem and how you can help them solve it. You will find that after several rehashed letters, they will eventually cry on the job.

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