As social norms have changed through the decades so have the “rules” around acceptable language in the workplace. Swearing has become common place in many workplaces with exceptions related to industry & workplace culture.
I have been known to let the odd f*** slip every now and then, sometimes it’s even popped out to surprise me while I’ve been trying to be a slick boss babe. My flanno wearing husband and sons all work in mining where slipping an F bomb into every conversation is almost mandated, when you’re hearing it all the time you become desensitised to it. That being said, you need to be mindful of who you are speaking to and the context of the conversation.
In the spirit of kicking back on a Friday afternoon and filling in time until knock off I’ve come up with a handy guide to help you with some alternatives to say when “being authentic” isn’t appropriate.
instead of saying……. try ……….
What the actual f***
Wow, that’s pretty interesting
You don’t have a f***ing clue do you
I think we might organise some more training for you
Seriously, go tell someone who gives a f***
I’m not really sure, maybe go check with ……….
How the f*** do you think I’m going to get this done in time
So I’ll be getting some paid overtime to stay back until I’m done?
Not a f***ing chance cobb
I can’t really fit that into my schedule but I can have it done by ………….
Ok let’s gets serious. You never know if swearing at someone in the workplace is going to come across as perfectly acceptable in the context or as a verbal attack. If you are discussing performance or providing feedback to someone, then find a way to say it without swearing. Every workplace and everyone you encounter will have differing opinions based on the workplace culture and their personal likes & dislikes. Because you never know how someone you don’t know well is going to respond to your use of language, it’s best to keep it professional until you know them well enough.
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