I still haven't read the article and plan to do so before they change the home page.
My thought was that answers would be situational and gender related.
I've cried at work before - that third-person sort of stuff. I worked most often in the human services-type jobs where it was a given that grief was an acceptable and normal human response to some things. And that it was healthy for people not to stifle their emotions. I can imagine in a business office setting this would have a different, more judgemental, effect.
I remember a day when we were, hands-tied, sending a pedophile back home to his wife and daughters when we had a group cry. Seemed like an appropriate response to months of hard work and bucking the judicial system. Yup.
I worked for a period of time at night in a plastics factory where for eight hours a night I repeated the same movement over and over. One night the tears just began pouring down my cheeks. They were tears of sheer boredom.
Those are the only times I can remember crying at work. In the latter,there was no apparent reaction that I recall. We were pretty much handcuffed to our machines and anyone who saw me could probably shrug with self-identification. "Tough life. Suck it up."
I do remember two times when, instead of crying, which I probably wanted to do, I exploded. In one instance I shoved a male coworker out of the staff room door and slammed it. The nurses across the hall clapped and yelled, "About time you got angry!" Such a surprise. But, yes. I think I felt like crying.
The other time I threw a clipboard across a coworker's office. He was a psychiatrist and he didn't twitch a muscle.
I left the room and felt like an idiot. Heh. Probably cried later.
I've seen some pretty spectacular office blow-ups on YouTube. (That may be a flip-side of crying.) Remember Michael Douglas in "Falling Down?" The workers who go "postal?" The suicides from office windows after the stock market crash in 1929?
Maybe it would be better for society if we "allowed" crying at work?
Before I go to bed I'll check on the article and make a few comments on what it says.