Does profanity belong in the modern workplace? Hell yes, say some business insiders.
“Wall Street is a hotbed of profanity,” says Dennis Gibb, a former Morgan Stanley trader and Bear Stearns junior partner. “You’ve got a lot of high-testosterone people with big egos making a lot of money. When you’ve just bought 100,000 shares of something, profanity is a pretty appropriate response.”
Vulgar language seems to be the rule rather than the exception at many jobs these days, according to some employees, who often attribute it to the influence of popular culture. Still, it’s no secret that some people curse more than others at work, particularly, it seems, the office alphas.
“People sometimes use [profanity] as a weapon,” acknowledges Gibb. “I think it’s a way of trying to show dominance, like gorillas beating their chests.”
What do you think about profanity in the workplace? Is it ever appropriate?