workplace

Swearing could really $%#! up your career

Aug. 2, 2012 at 8:26 AM ET

All that cursing you do at work could be cursing your career.

A new study finds that 57 percent of employers are less likely to promote someone who swears at the office.

The vast majority of the employers surveyed on behalf of CareerBuilder.com said that’s because swearing brings the employee’s professionalism into question. Many also said swearing could signal a lack of control or maturity.

Still, if the bosses leave out the swearers they may not have many people to choose from when promotion time comes. The same survey found that about half of the workers surveyed swear at the office.

Harris Interactive conducted the survey of 2,298 hiring managers and HR professionals and 3,892 full-time workers in May and June on behalf of the job placement site.

Apparently, it's not the youngest workers who have the potty mouths. Instead, the CareerBuilder survey found that 35- to 44-year-olds were most likely to report that they swore at work. Workers 18-24 were least likely to report swearing on the job.

Here are the cities where workers were most likely to acknowledge using foul language at work:

  • Washington, D.C.
  • Denver
  • Chicago
  • Los Angeles
  • Boston

Swearing has certainly been known to be an issue inside the Beltway.  In a 2010 congressional hearing, Sen. Carl Levin repeatedly referenced salty language that a Goldman Sachs employee had used in e-mail describing a deal. Goldman Sachs banned swearing in e-mails soon after.

 

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