Need a tissue? Join the club.
The number of people who have cried at work is surprisingly high: 45%.
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The oddly comforting figure was highlighted in September’s Harper’s Index, the magazine’s list of telling statistics, presented without commentary.
However, as many of us know, the concept of having a total and utter breakdown at your desk or in the office bathroom isn’t new. Even the citation of the Harper’s Index notes that it’s from a 2018 Accountemps survey.
The reasons for bawling on the clock are many — and often don’t involve work itself. Sometimes you just happen to be there! A 2019 Monster survey found that 19% of people boohoo over personal reasons, such as family troubles or health issues.
If you don’t want to become a statistic, you’re in luck. New York City is probably the best place to cry. There’s plenty of ideal — and very public — locations for when you need to have a moment, from the subway to, oh I don’t know, Joe’s Pizza on Carmine Street at 2 a.m.
One resident even made a map, crowdsourcing the most ideal places for a good ugly cry.
But cheer up: about the same number of CFOs (44 percent) in the Accountemps survey said the tears are fine — as long as it’s not an everyday thing. In that case, maybe the CFOs should look inward.