AirTalk for October 3, 2013

When is it appropriate to swear at work?

The Silicon Roundabout In Old Street

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Is it ok to swear at work?

Page Six is reporting that Al Jazeera reprimanded an employee for dropping an “F-bomb” on the floor of the newsroom. Swearing is not part of the Al Jazeera culture, the employee was reportedly told by management.

Most company managers would likely agree, but aren’t there moments where swearing aloud in the office is acceptable? Are you more lenient toward verbal cursing than email cursing at work? Is cursing more tolerable when it’s not directed at a particular person but at a situation?

Guest:
Cynthia Lett, Director of the Lett Group, a business and workplace etiquette consultant firm in Maryland


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