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Well motherfucker! The very day I started this job I stumbled upon a study from the University of East Anglia in the U.K. suggesting cussing

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Cussing at Work: Good for Camaraderie but Bad for Career Prospects?

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Well motherfucker! The very day I started this job I stumbled upon a study from the University of East Anglia in the U.K. suggesting cussing around the office helps tighten relationships and build office camaraderie. So that's what I've been doing: swearing up a fucking storm. But now, thanks to CareerBuilder, comes news that my four-letter approach to office communications may hurt my career prospects in the long run.

Goddammit!

According to a nationwide study conducted between May and June of this year and including responses from over 2,000 hiring managers and 3,800 workers "across industries and company sizes," CareerBuilder concludes a significant number of employers (64 percent) would think less of someone who consistently drops f-bombs around the office, while slightly less (though still a significant number, at 57 percent) say they'd be less likely to promote someone who routinely cusses around the office.

From CareerBuilder:

Employers are inclined to think less of an employee who swears at work for a variety of reasons. Most (81 percent) believe that the use of curse words brings the employee's professionalism into question. Others are concerned with the lack of control (71 percent) and lack of maturity (68 percent) demonstrated by swearing at work, while 54 percent said swearing at work makes an employee appear less intelligent.

Who you fucking calling immature and unprofessional?

The good news, at least for assholes like me, is despite the fact it may hurt their careers, many are apparently still cussing at work. CareerBuilder reports half of the people polled reported swearing at work, with 95 percent saying they do so around coworkers, and 51 percent responding that they cuss in front of their boss.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the study indicates men are more likely than women to cuss around the office, and that those in the 35-44 age group are the most frequent users of swear words at work.

The study also indicates that Washington D.C. and Denver are the most shit-and-fuck-happy cities in the country.

So if all this cussing ends up costing me a promotion in Seattle, I may have to move to one of those fine fucking cities.

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