Some employees, both male and female, have figured out that if they cry during an employee evaluation, the boss won’t be too hard on them.

But don’t let an employee’s tears derail what you need to accomplish. Instead, when an employee tears up, hand him or her a tissue and just wait, says Don Tyler, employee-management consultant in Clarks Hill, Ind. Wait quietly and give the employee a chance to pull it together. Generally, as soon as the employee realizes that you are willing to wait it out, he or she will stop and you can move on with what needs to be accomplished.