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Should you curse at work?

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Jim O’Connor, author of CUSS CONTROL: The Complete Book on How to Curb Your Cursing, says “No,” despite research and reports that state the contrary. Here’s why:

Bad language makes people uncomfortable. You may swear to blow off steam and express yourself. However, while you’re easing your stress, you could be offending and stressing out your co-workers. Words you think are harmless may be downright vulgar to them. It’s best to err on the side of caution and leave the potty mouth at home.

Customers could overhear you. Foul language from employees can ruin a company’s image, because employees who use it are seen as unprofessional and rude.

It’s lazy language. It shows that you can’t find a better, smarter way to express your emotions.

If you have a cursing problem, what should you do? O’Connor says you need to shift your attitude. Be more positive and patient, stop complaining and criticizing, and look at problems as challenges to overcome. With a better attitude, you will be less likely to swear.

— Adapted from “When Is Cursing at Work an ‘Oh Sh*t’ Moment?,” Caroline Gray, www.glassdoor.com.

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