Swearing at work

  • Studies have found that employees who frequently swear in the workplace may lose out on a promotion.
  • Twenty-five per cent of employers admit that they have sworn at their employees.
  • The context, the type of swearing, and the audience are all important factors in determining whether swearing in the workplace is inappropriate.

Given that we spend a large portion of our lives at work, often in stressful situations, it is understandable that some of us may drop the odd f-bomb at work. Some workplaces accept swearing as a part of the modern vernacular, encouraging its use to emphasise an argument or express excitement. In other workplaces, swearing may be seen as highly offensive, particularly around co-workers or clients, and will tend to result in disciplinary action being taken against the employee who crossed the line.

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