Feeling snubbed at work? Maybe you’re swearing too much.
A new survey from CareerBuilder shows foul-mouthed employees are hurting their career prospects.
The survey found 64 percent of employers said they’d think less of an employee who repeatedly uses curse words, and 57 percent said they’d be less likely to promote someone who swears in the office.
The survey – done by Harris Interactive for CareerBuilder – polled more than 2,000 hiring managers and 3,800 workers across industries and company sizes.
While employers don’t appreciate a crass workplace, that s*%t is hard to avoid; Half of workers reported that they swear in the office. The majority of those (95 percent) said they do so in front of their co-workers, while 51 percent cuss in front of the boss.
Workers were the least likely to use expletives in front of senior leaders (13 percent) and their clients (7 percent).
Eighty-one percent of employers question the worker’s professionalism when they swear. Others are concerned with the lack of control (71 percent) and lack of maturity (68 percent) demonstrated, while 54 percent said swearing at work makes an employee appear less intelligent.
Ironically, 25 percent of employers admitted to swearing at their employees. Roughly the same amount (28 percent) of workers said they have sworn at other co-workers.
Cities most likely to swear
- Washington D.C. – 62 percent
- Denver – 60 percent
- Chicago – 58 percent
- Los Angeles – 56 percent
- Boston – 56 percent
- Atlanta – 54 percent
- Minneapolis – 50 percent
- Phoenix – 47 percent
- New York – 46 percent
- Philadelphia – 44 percent
Swearing By Age
- Employees ages 18-24 – 42 percent say they swear at work
- Employees ages 25-34 – 51 percent say they swear at work
- Employees ages 35-44 – 58 percent say they swear at work
- Employees ages 45-54 – 51 percent say they swear at work
- Employees ages 55 and over – 44 percent say they swear at work