Dropping the F-Bomb Around the Office Can Really Screw You at Work

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Well, shit. A survey just came out informing Americans that having a foul mouth around the office can really fuck up your career. 

According to CareerBuilder, 57 percent of bosses who hear their employees curse say they're less likely to promote the potty mouths, even if they are really damn good at their job.

And that doesn't bode well for the 51 percent of workers who admitted they spew profanities around the office. But wouldn't you if you had to forgo yet another raise? A whopping 95 percent said they curse in front of their co-workers and 51 percent said they cuss right there in front of their boss.

For those of you who do swear around the office, here's what your bosses probably think of you.
Roughly 81 percent of those surveyed said they question an employee's professionalism when they are heard swearing up a storm, while about 71 percent worry that all these dirty words shows a lack of control. Another 68 percent claimed it simply an issue of maturity, and 54 percent said swearing around the office makes the employee appear less intelligent, the survey noted.

The good news is that all this cussing isn't really hurting business; only 7 percent of workers said they drop F-bombs when they are around clients, according to the survey.

But haven't we all been on the receiving end of our boss' four-letter words? Turns out 25 percent of those managers who question their foul-mouthed worker's maturity and professionalism admit to swearing at their employees.

Now for the cities that tend to be the most potty-mouthed.

  • Washington D.C.
  • Denver
  • Chicago
  • Los Angeles
  • Boston
  • Atlanta
  • Minneapolis
  • Phoenix
  • New York
  • Philadelphia

Maybe San Francisco would have made the top 10 had former Supervisor Chris Daly remained committed to his pledge of uttering the word "fuck" at every single Board of Supervisors meeting.

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mrericsir topcommenter

Does this rule apply in the tech industry?  Steve Jobs, Linus Torvalds, and Bill Gates are/were all pretty goddamn fucking foul mouthed.


Cities that tend to be the most potty-mouthed: no doubt a scientific survey with excellent sampling. I hope this research has been published in the Journal of Intensive Scrutiny. Let's perpetuate the findings and consider them the ultimate proof of frequency of f-bomb usage.

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