According to one recent report, foul-mouthed employees are at a disadvantage in the workplace when it comes to getting a promotion or general feelings toward them.

A survey conducted by Harris Interactive found that 57 percent of employers were less likely to promote someone who often used curses, while 64 percent said the dirty language made them feel worse about the person saying it.  The survey asked 2,000 hiring personnel and 3,800 workers about the subject and 51 percent admitted that they swore while in the professional environment.

Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder, which commissioned the study, said that while people liked having a laid-back environment, using naughty words was not a good way to achieve career goals.

"There’s a general sense that the workplace is more casual, like what people are wearing. There are so many other ways that’s coming into play, so [we thought] maybe conversation is less buttoned up," said Haefner.  However she noted that these days, "people want [language] to be professional."

There have been other studies that reveal habits of hiring managers. Career Directors International's 2012 Global Hiring Trends Survey Found that 54 percent of those asked said that they would read a resume no matter how long it was if it was written in a professional manner.


Content provided by executive search organization, MRINetwork.

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