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What the #*&^%? Study Shows Cursing at Work Harms Your Career

If you’ve been known to drop the F-bomb once in a while at the office, you may want to reconsider your choice of words.

In a new study, CareerBuilder reveals 64 percent of employers think less of an employee who repeatedly swears. In addition, 57 percent are less likely to promote someone who curses in the office. Questions are raised about professionalism, lack of control and maturity, along with a lack of intelligence. 

Breaking it down even further, 54 percent of men and 47 percent of women in the survey across the country report swearing. As for age, employees who are between 35 and 44-years-old, swear the most whereas employees between 18 and 24 swear the least. Perhaps younger employees feel less willing to curse in front of their superiors where senior staffers and middle management may feel nothing of mouthing off.

Rosemary Haefner, vice-president of human resources at CareerBuilder, states in their press release, “There’s a general sense that the workplace is more casual, like what people are wearing. There are so many other ways that’s coming into play, so [we thought] maybe conversation is less buttoned up.”

As for a major take-away from the survery? “People want [language] to be professional.”

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