RE: OT: Profanity in the workplace

Subject: RE: OT: Profanity in the workplace
From: "Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 3 Mar 2010 19:49:16 +0000

I don't consider good manners "erring."

Profane language in the workplace would be within reason if the office was suddenly hit by a 6.0 temblor or a company shutdown and mass layoff was unexpectedly announced. In these cases I might utter something out of character myself. Otherwise, I would consider it unprofessional conduct. If the utterer reported to me, I'd take him/her aside and privately counsel against using language that reflects badly on the person using it and if directed against persons who might take offense could potentially subject the company to "hostile workplace" complaints. Otherwise I would probably just make an effort to extricate myself from the conversation as gracefully as possible.

Gene Kim-Eng

------- Original Message -------
On 3/3/2010 7:06 PM Kat Kuvinka wrote:
Is it not a big deal in an office environment? Or should we always err on the side of manners?

Use Doc-To-Help's XML-based editor, Microsoft Word, or HTML and
produce desktop, Web, or print deliverables. Just write (or import)
and Doc-To-Help does the rest. Free trial:

Explore CAREER options and paths related to Technical Writing,
learn to create SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS documents, and
get tips on FUNCTIONAL SPECIFICATION best practices. Free at:

You are currently subscribed to TECHWR-L as archive -at- web -dot- techwr-l -dot- com -dot-

To unsubscribe send a blank email to
techwr-l-unsubscribe -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
or visit

To subscribe, send a blank email to techwr-l-join -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com

Send administrative questions to admin -at- techwr-l -dot- com -dot- Visit for more resources and info.

Please move off-topic discussions to the Chat list, at:


Previous by Author: RE: RE: RE: RE: my bad displays habit
Next by Author: RE: Web-safe GIF color editor
Previous by Thread: Re: Web-safe GIF color editor
Next by Thread: Re: OT: Profanity in the workplace

What this post helpful? Share it with friends and colleagues:

Sponsored Ads