CareerBuilder has come out with this survey Swearing at Work Can Harm Your Career Prospects and it looks like if I worked for a bunch of companies I would have to change my colorful use of the English language.
I don’t swear for the sake of wanting to sound like a sailor or truck driver but for emphasis… there are times and places where it adds impact to what is being said
But I never swear at someone… as in calling someone a name. That’s just wrong.
And yes, I am fully aware I need to cut down my use of cuss words.
Results from the survey:
51% of workers reported that they swear in the office
95% said they do so in front of their co-workers
51% cuss in front of the boss
13% in front of senior leaders
7% with their clients
Is there a gender difference? A little and I thought the gap would be much wider:
Do we poorly represent ourselves?
81% believe that the use of curse words brings the employee’s professionalism into question
71% concerned with the lack of control
68% lack of maturity
54% said swearing at work makes an employee appear less intelligent
It goes both ways with employers:
25% admitted to swearing at their employees
28% of workers said they have sworn at other co-workers
Is there an age difference? Yes, and us “older” folks are the bigger problem:
18-24: 42% say they swear at work
55 and over: 44%
Washington D.C. – 62 percent
Denver – 60%
Chicago – 58%
Los Angeles – 56%
Boston – 56%
Atlanta – 54%
Minneapolis – 50%
Phoenix – 47%
New York – 46%
Philadelphia – 44%
(BLEEP) yeah… way to go Minneapolis!!!
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