Life Lessons

Life Lessons: Dropping f-bombs at work

Wrike, a management software company, surveyed more than 1500 American workers and found that 57 percent admitted to swearing in the workplace. But in a study by CareerBuilder.com, 81 percent of employers said that swearing at work “brings professionalism into question.”

Who curses the most at your job?

Slate magazine found the most popular curse words used on Facebook over a three-day period, with number one being used over ten million times.

If you’re going to curse, know your company’s culture and work environment. Some companies have explicit policies discouraging profanity, while it may be an unwritten rule in others. However, in other companies, an occasional curse word could be the norm.

Next, when in doubt, mirror the behavior of leadership. Employers set the tone in the workplace.

Also, learn to control your emotion. People typically curse when they are upset or in stressful situations. Instead of responding immediately, practice active listening, collect yourself, and respond professionally.

Finally, mistakes happen. But what matters is how you handle the situation afterwards. Own up to your faults and offer a sincere apology.

Follow these tips and you never have to hear “watch your mouth!” again.

You can also consider changing jobs if cursing is an important part of your lifestyle. Find a company that allows you to be your authentic self.


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