By Mary Schrack
“Profanity is the common crutch of the conversational cripple.”
I know a few people whose favorite adjectives are four-letter words. These are people who, if their day-to-day conversations were recorded for broadcasting, would have to be bleeped out every 45 seconds.
In a work environment, such explicit language should be curtailed. Not only does it hurt the individual’s professional image, but it is also a detriment to the organization as a whole. Customers who hear an employee swearing could be offended and take their business elsewhere. Even if you don’t regularly come into contact with customers at your workplace, developing a swearing habit at work could lead to disasters on those rare days when customers do come in.
Customers aside, profane language shouldn’t be used in front of co-workers. Despite the fact that cursing is on the rise in workplaces, swear words still upset many people. Productive staffers need a positive environment to get their work done; poorly-timed, public swear words could disrupt their workflow and bring down office morale.
I do not condone the use of profanity out of the office, either.
Regardless of other people’s sensitivities, cursing is lazy. It reflects a lack of creativity and indicates that the person is not able to express thoughts in a unique way. In most cases, a more meaningful word could be substituted for the swear, making the speech much more effective. Cursing gives others the impression of immaturity and a lack of education.
If you’re on the verge of cursing, search for a better way of expressing your emotions; your message will be much more powerful.
What communication behaviors do you find rude?