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Cursing at Work

Is It Appropriate to Confront Your Boss About Cursing?

When I asked you if you use curse words at work, the majority of you said you only do sometimes to get a point across. However, those of you on the extreme end of things — either your cursing at work is borderline excessive or you never curse in the office — were evenly split.

A career columnist at the Wall Street Journal has been dealing with reader backlash about a piece of advice she'd given to a college intern. The intern's mother wrote to the WSJ asking how her daughter should handle the potty mouths on members of upper management, and the columnist responded that confronting her work superiors would be an appropriate plan of action.

She recommends the intern write a private note to management saying, "I wanted to meet with you to make a request. When you use profanity, it makes me uncomfortable. I would appreciate it if you would stop doing so when we work together." The columnist also mentions the option of bringing the issue to someone in the company's Human Resources department.

What do you think about her advice?


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