The Problems With Using Profanity In Workplace Communications


There are several problems with using profanity in work communications. Even if the workplace environment is laid-back and lenient, or the office culture is friendly and insulated, there are still some universal ground rules and preexisting perspectives on profanity.

Even without going over the individual problems with using profanity in work communications, the underlying issue simply boils down to this: If you put a workplace communication with profanity next to the identical message without the profanity, the one without profanity will always seem smarter, more appropriate, more mature, more professional, and more positive, unless the message is explicitly (excuse the pun) about specific profanity itself.

With that being said, there are some specific problems with using profanity in work communications.


In every job and field, there are always de facto strictures that determine standards of professionalism. These include appropriate workplace interactions, communication format, dress code, general presentation, event etiquette etc. All of these elements, done the proper way, combine to enhance a reputation and image of professionalism.

Profanity has a very rare place in professionalism. While some less professional fields may let fly with the foul language much more often than others, the reality is that a top executive will not be taken seriously if he or she is casually sprinkling random profanity into his or her work communications. That style of speech is better left for more crude and crass settings, certainly not the workplace.


Utilizing profanity is somewhat of a lazy way to communicate. It creates a cheap, powerful punch in just a single word or two. Often in heated arguments under anger, profanity will unveil itself because the participants are so clouded in their judgment that they cannot, in the heat of the moment, form coherent arguments or cohesive discussion.

Instead of resorting to the tactic of profanity, work communicators should strive to get their point across with other words. Profanity is never necessary to achieve the task of communicating ideas; unless, that is, the idea is to provide crude commentary.

Negative Reflection

With rare (but usually made evident at the time) exceptions, profanity will always serve to detract, rather than enhance, one’s reputation. Using profanity is a tactic usually reserve for immature teens being ignorant, or drunken adults saying regretful things. It is not appropriate for work communications, and will almost always make the person look worse for using it.

Differing Perspectives

But, all things aside, perhaps the biggest problem with using profanity in work communications is that not all people agree on the extent of the unacceptable nature of profanity. Some believe it should not be as taboo, while others may even outright gasp at its use out loud. Just as an effective presentation should take its target audience into account, work communications should keep in mind that the recipient may have a differing, unfavorable view of profanity use.

Overall, even if a worker loves profanity and uses it often in his or her personal life, it is just a common sense conclusion to avoid it in the workplace. Problems with using profanity in work communications can be altogether avoided by just using a little creativity and language skills in its place.

Written by EricBailey

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10 Ways to Effective Interpersonal Communication Skills


The 21st century seems one poised to be the communication century, where the old ways fall by the way side, as true communication goes further and further toward building bridges between people, and greases the skids in the business world between coworkers, clients and managers in ways that would seem impossible even a generation ago. Don’t be left behind. Here are 10 effective ways to build your interpersonal communication skills and stay ahead of the game.

Conduct the Difficult Conversation

Shying away from necessary conflict for the sake of avoiding confrontation is a big hindrance to forging meaningful communication. Through practice you will learn the best ways to conduct the difficult conversations that need to be done.

Brevity is Better

A good and proper economy of phrasing goes a long way toward earning good will from those you wish to communicate with.

Get to the points you wish to make quickly, do not waste others’ time and mental energy on pointless “filler” conversation, and people will appreciate you.

Make Your Feedback Count

Often, the most important communication skill is learning to make the most of the small windows offered for you to give constructive feedback on something. Make the most of these opportunities.

Receive Feedback Gracefully

Likewise, a crucial skill to effective interpersonal communication is learning how to take criticism and feedback in stride, and to never take it personally. Feedback is a great way to learn what you need to focus on to perform better. Cherish the opportunity.

Mind Your Hygiene

One of the first things people notice about you is your hygiene habits.

Bathe regularly, keep a neat and tidy appearance, and mind all aspects of your personal grooming habits. It makes no sense to allow something so easy to control to derail your attempts at communication.

Dress for Success

Also, dress properly for every occasion. There is no excuse to ever be “under dressed” as it will only allow other the excuse to not take you seriously.

Learn to Self-Assess

An honest self-critique can be the most useful ability in building interpersonal communication skills that you have at your disposal. Learn how to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses.

Listen With Your Eyes

Look for the numerous non-verbal cues that will clue you in to what the other person is trying to convey to you in conversation. Pick up on the eye contact, the posture and the body language to hear the hidden conversation at play in every interaction.

Do Your Prep Work

Always be prepared for any conversation, but never fear not having a particular fact handy. It is much better to admit ignorance than to make something up.

Silence Can Sometimes Be Golden

Learning when not to speak in a conversation can be a incredibly useful skill that allows the other person room to say what they need to. Challenge yourself to be silent the next time you feel urged to argue and you’ll instantly build more effective communication skills.

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Understanding Business Etiquette In International Trade


Today, business world is becoming increasingly smaller and globalization brings people closer. Yet, cultural diversity is more present than ever.

A firm engaging into international trade should be mostly concerned with making the best impression on clients at the host country. To achieve this, it has to realize that each culture favors its own values in business relationships and therefore it is absolutely essential to appreciate different business etiquette around the globe to conduct business effectively. In the context of global trade, it is essential to appreciate cultural diversity and to develop skills of inter-cultural communication. Otherwise lack of knowledge about cultural values in the host country may lead to misinterpretation, disturbance and embarrassment.

Inter-cultural communication is vital for building successful business relationships, yet it is also difficult to handle. Managing cultural diversity is a difficult process as cultural characteristics are not always easily identifiable. Often, to understand the opposite partner’s expectations and intentions and to respect them requires valid assumptions for the implied cultural values. This insinuates that an international firm should not enter into discussions with the host country under the assumption that own culture is correct. Such type of ethnocentrism favors cultural misunderstanding.

In order to promote multinational synergy standard business etiquette for any international venture would be:

  • Be prepared before visiting the particular area. Do ample research on the business and personal etiquette of the country you plan to visit. Purchase a travel book or do search on the Internet.
  • Learn key phrases in the language of the country you plan to visit. It is a smart way to bridge the gap between cultures and natives will be pleased about the attempt.
  • Avoid the use of idioms and choose words that convey specific and clear meaning
  • Be careful listeners and when in doubt ask for clarifications
  • Respect local communication style and body language connotations
  • Do not assume superiority in inter-cultural communication, avoiding the event of being ignored or disapproved.
  • Follow the rules of the country you plan to visit in terms of in social behavior, dress code, appearance and interaction.
  • Learn how people at host country perceive your culture.


Written by Christina Pomoni
Financial Adviser – Freelancer Writer

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