Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg says "I've cried at work" - Careers - Stylist Magazine

  • Facebook thumbs up for crying at work
  • Facebook thumbs up for crying at work

Facebook thumbs up for crying at work

Facebook COO says: "I've cried at work"

Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg says that it’s ok for women to cry at work.

Speaking to Harvard Business School graduates about how she's achieved success in tech hub Silicon Valley, Sandberg told the students: “I’ve cried at work. I’ve told people I’ve cried at work… I try to be myself.”

“[I am] honest about my strengths and weaknesses and I encourage others to do the same,” she continued. “It is all professional and it is all personal, all at the same time.”

Sandberg’s advice runs contrary to the thoughts of fellow entrepreneur and businesswoman Martha Stewart, who reprimanded a female candidate on the American version of The Apprentice for getting emotional: “Cry and you’re out of here,” Stewart told her. “Women in business don’t cry my dear.”

Sorry Martha, it turns out they do – and it doesn’t stop us from being successful.

As well as admitting to tears in the office, the innovative Facebook chief (who recently gained attention for saying that, despite her high-profile position, she regularly leaves work at 5.30pm) is also an advocate of flexible working, and told the eager graduates that she wanted to see more men help women climb the career ladder:

"There aren’t enough senior women out there... so it falls upon the men who are graduating today just as much, or more than the women, not just to talk about gender but to help these women succeed," Sandberg added. Here, here.

What do you think? Do you agreee with Sheryl that it's ok to cry at work, or is the office no place for emotions? Tell us your thoughts on Twitter or in the comments section below.

Image credit: Rex

Tags: Facebook, Work, Careers

Share on

or email.

  • Facebook
  • Digg
  • Delicious
Add a comment


Add a comment


Our Most…

Sisters in business

Sisters in business

Ever thought about going into business with your…

Top 50 most romantic quotes from literature

Top 50 romantic lines from literature

Losing hearts at first sight, soul-entwining…

The Best 100 Closing Lines From Books

The best 100 closing lines from books

Don't judge a book by its cover - instead, try…


A weekend in Malmo

Stylist's Lauren Smith headed to Malmo in Sweden…


Win the chance to revamp your kitchen with Ryvita

We’ve teamed up with Ryvita and renowned…


Win £500 to spend at Net-A-Porter with Rekorderlig

There's only one thing on everyone's mind at the…


Win a pair of tickets to Swingers pop-up courtesy of Freixenet

To celebrate the launch of Shoreditch’s hottest…


Your Vote Counts

It's one of the chilliest Augusts in decades. Are you...

It's one of the chilliest Augusts in decades. Are you...