Now that Goldman Sachs has prohibited employees from swearing in corporate e-mails, I thought it might be a good time to revisit our stance on swearing at work.
A little over a year ago, I wrote a similar post that took on differing views on letting the f-bomb detonate in the workplace. One survey found that most employees think cursing at work is a definite no-no (although many admit swearing to themselves; another 11% thought it boosted morale — perhaps they were sailors?).
On the other hand, a study by British researchers concluded that swearing at work could "reflect solidarity and enhance group cohesiveness, or as a psychological phenomenon to release stress."
As the workplace becomes ever more digitized, do you think swearing in work-related e-mail is as bad as cursing live and in color? Would you take the step of banning e-mail swearing, as Goldman has? Or, do you think, “Who [bleeping] cares?” Hit the comments.
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