Although this is more so geared towards those of you who are just entering the workforce, it also applies if your changing jobs.
Having spent time at a number of different companies I can say that this is an area where things vary drastically from one office to the next. When I first joined the workforce, I thought no one swore at work because it’s a professional environment. What a fucking idiot I was, on my first day, shit got real in a hurry, I must have heard at least 20 F-bombs dropped.
So yeah, people swear at work…sometimes a lot. It’s just part of being an adult who is around other adults all day long and collectively doing something you all hate. This isn’t like swearing with your friends though, there are some rough rules and nuances as to how to master the art of swearing at work.
If you’re new at a company, hold off on the swearing in general for a few months until you know what the environment is like. Even if swearing is common practice, it’s usually one of those things reserved for “in” people. Don’t be the newb who comes into the office cussing up a storm on day 1. You have to earn your shites.
Similarly, unless you’re upper management (which I know you’re not because you’re reading this), don’t swear around someone more senior to you until you know them. Even if swearing is common at your office, best to not do it in front of him/her until you know whether it’s something they find acceptable.
Not OK– Kiss my ass
Not OK– I’ve gotta go take a crap
Not OK– Fuck you
Not OK– Karen you are being such a bitch