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New Survey Find Cursing On The Job Can Short-Circuit Career [AUDIO]

A new workplace survey finds many people resort to swearing on the job. Not surprisingly, the same survey finds salty language may not put your career on the fast track.

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The Career Builder survey says a “curser” isn’t just that little arrow on your office computer. Half of all workers admitted they swear on the job. But almost six in ten employers, 57 percent, said they are less likely to advance someone who swears.

Cherry Hill business communications expert Barbara Pachter points out that there is a difference between, “swearing”, and just being upset, or swearing ‘at’ someone.

Pachter has this advice for those thinking about long term careers and promotions. Learn how to develop your skills to confront someone who may be causing you problems in a way that doesn’t involve a potty mouth.

She says, “If you’re having difficulty with someone learn how to express your frustration without resorting to cursing.”

Harris Interactive conducted the survey of 2,298 hiring managers and HR professionals and 3,892 full-time workers in May and June on behalf of the job placement site.

It’s not the youngest workers who do the most swearing. The CareerBuilder survey found that 35- to 44-year-olds were most likely to report that they swore at work. Workers 18-24 were least likely to report swearing on the job.

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