Profanity at Work: European Workers Most Likely to Swear at Boss

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By Rick Vollmar

Aug. 13—European workers are about seven times more likely to swear at their boss than Asian workers, according to a survey released by About seven in 10 European workers (71 percent) admit to swearing at their boss, while only one in 10 Asian employees do.

In the rest of the world, only about half of U.S. employees (52 percent) admit to swearing at their boss and many fewer in Australia (23 percent) and Africa (13 percent).

According to Corinne Hutchinson, marketing manager at TipTopJob, as quoted by HR Review, “swearing varies from workplace to workplace and can be an acceptable part of the language used between staff and managers in many offices, factories, sites and workshops. In some environments it can demonstrate a culture that is fast-paced, stressful and busy and therefore [swearing is] acceptable, but there are some settings where the use of bad language can be a sackable or warning offence. For example, in the physical presence of customers/clients where swearing would most certainly be unacceptable.”

“Unfortunately, some people can find the use of explicit language offensive and uncomfortable in any setting,” Hutchinson continued, “and it can make the workplace feel edgy and tense with employees demonstrating more negative characteristics like frustration, anger and stress. It is definitely worth finding out what the culture is like in the workplace before effing and blinding [saying “blimey”] around new colleagues.”

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A press release discussing the results of the TipTopJob survey is available at

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