Re: OT: Profanity in the workplace

Subject: Re: OT: Profanity in the workplace
From: Julie Stickler <jstickler -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 3 Mar 2010 16:29:33 -0500

Workplace profanity is one of those things that I'm conscious of, and
struggle with myself. Because, as many of you have pointed out, it
doesn't project a professional image. And it is hard to foster a good
team environment if you've insulted or offended your coworkers.

When I was in college I worked in a factory making car parts, and my
coworkers often cursed like the proverbial sailor. One in particular
sprinkled more f-bombs into a single sentence than anyone that I've
ever encountered before or since. At that point I cursed quite a bit,
because I stood out enough as a college student in a factory. Cursing
was a way to try to fit in with my coworkers.

When I graduated college I taught High School English, and tried to
set a good example for my students. I completely scrubbed profanity
from my language, and wouldn't even allow my students to say the word
"fudge" unless they were specifically referring to the sugary treat.

And now I fall somewhere in the middle of those two extremes. I try
not to casually curse at the office, but I know I do sometimes. And
I'm not always an angel when I stub my toe against the desk either.
If I catch myself cursing, I'll apologize. And if someone told me to
my face that they were offended by my language, I certainly wouldn't
laugh at them!

Julie Stickler
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