Crying at work has long been frowned upon as a sign of weakness, but there is evidence that a growing number of workers, especially those in their 20s and 30s, think it’s old-fashioned to hide your emotions. Others – Shellenbarger points to Gen Y’ers in particular – pampered and praised by parents, burst into tears at a hint of criticism.
Although women still report crying more often than men, it is more socially acceptable since the 9/11 terrorist attacks for men and women to cry in certain situations. Some bosses now see crying as a way to get issues out into the open. Other bosses, the article notes, see crying as a natural side effect of the emotional investment required by many jobs.
Source: Sue Shellenbarger, Wall Street Journal (Eastern Edition); Apr 26, 2007