Cursing At Work: Harmless or Hostile?
CHARLOTTE, NC- More and more people say they have a reason to swear on the job, but cursing can earn you a pink slip!
Word of potty mouths travel fast. Even if no one says anything at the time, you could be racking up a record. Employers cite swearing as one reason for firing 38 percent of the time.
"If you can't speak without using inappropriate language, then how professional are you really?" said LaShaune Tisdale, owner of The Academy of Etiquette and Charm,
CEO of Integra Staffing, Michelle Fish, says foul language can come across aggressive and create a hostile working environment.
"You've got to watch your e-mails, you've got to watch the way your speak to people... your co-workers, your bosses, and your clients," said Fish.
Whether you're meeting in the boardroom, chatting down the hallway or leaning over your cubicle - over 50 percent of people admit cursing in the office. But only half of them say they'll do it in front of their boss.
For those that do, it doesn't go unnoticed. 57 percent of employers say they would be less likely to promote potty mouths.
"A lot of times, we use inappropriate language to reinforce what we're saying, but ideally, if we're truly professional,we can find other appropriate words that we can use that are just as intense," said Tisdale.
"There is no good time or place in a work environment to curse... ever," said Fish.
CareerBuilder.com says men and employees in their mid 30's to early forties are slightly more likely to swear at work.
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