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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Tips on Business Culture in Dubai


Doing Business in DubaiBusiness is booming in Dubai and many Britons are heading out there to work. But, anyone thinking of working there must familiarise themselves with the cultural etiquette before starting work there, if they are to avoid insulting Dubai nationals, or even break the country’s laws.

The first thing to consider is respect. Never criticise or correct a client or colleague in front of others. Causing such a public loss of face will ensure that the individual concerned with be filled with resentment and make any future co-operation extremely difficult.  Sensitive discussions with a colleague or client should be done in private.

Western businesses may choose their own working hours, but bear in mind that Arab companies schedule their working week from Saturday to Wednesday; working hours start at 8 a.m. and stop at 1 p.m. In the scorching heat of summer a siesta is a common practice taken until 4 p.m. with work resuming immediately afterwards until 7 p.m. During the Muslin festival of Ramadan the working day becomes two hours shorter.

Arab cultures dress much more conservatively than western cultures as a rule, and although it may be more relaxed in Dubai there is still an unspoken dress code that must be closely followed. Ensure clothes are worn that cover both the body and limbs – however hot and oppressive the heat may be – and they must be smart.

The Muslim day of prayer and rest is Friday, so avoid making phone calls or scheduling meetings with any Muslim clients or colleagues on that day. During Ramadan Muslims are not permitted to eat, drink or smoke during daylight hours but non-believers can, although they must be sensitive to the occasion and do so away from public gaze.

Business meetings with Arab clients or colleagues may begin with a very informal preamble. They often take place in restaurants or cafes at a Dubai business hotel rather than an office, beginning with polite conversation, usually about each other’s families. However, whenever the conversation turns to business it is usually resolved much quicker than in formal western business meetings. When meeting a handshake is followed by a touch of the heart with the right hand to show sincerity, and a woman’s hand is shaken only if it is offered.

Although business meetings are less formal than western standards, by contrast business lunches tend to be more formal. As a strict rule alcohol is never involved, and it is essential that when sitting opposite an Arab colleague or client that the soles of shoes are not directed towards them as that is considered extremely offensive in Arabic culture.

There are many other less obvious do’s and don’ts involved with ensuring that business is conducted efficiently, properly and without offence in Dubai, and as with any business deal anyone travelling there should ensure that they are thoroughly briefed before they leave.

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Non-verbal Communication During Your Job Interview


Slouching is out!

It’s about demonstrating confidence – standing straight, making eye contact, and connecting with a good, firm handshake. That first impression can be a great beginning, or a quick ending to your interview.

Body movement (or lack of)

Once the interview begins you should be relaxed, use your hands in talking – most people do. Do not overdo anything! Small gestures with your hands in fine but when you start waving your arms around you are out-of-bounds and could strike out. On the other hand the worst posture is to fold your arms across your chest. This is a hostile posture – very closed. Sometimes women fold their arms this way because they are cold. Wear a sweater or jacket – but don’t fold your arms over your chest.

Contact – The Hand Shake

The handshake is the first contact you will have with the interviewer. It’s often looked at as a telling gesture to judge the confidence of a person.

The interviewer extends his hand and you in turn extend your hand. If your hand is sweaty it will give an unpleasant feeling to the interchange.

Image – Attire

You are judged by how you look! Whether we like it or not – how you look – your general appearance – does set the impression for the rest of the interview. This is going to take some research on your part. You can call the HR Department or even the Receptionist to ask about the company dress code. If the answer is “Casual,” you should think one level above to “Business Casual.” A good rule to follow is: “Dress One Level Above the Company Culture.”

There is something else to take into consideration and that is the position that you are seeking. The idea is to look like someone who will fit in, but someone who could also represent the company to people outside the company.

Eye Contact

True – or – False?

You should not look directly into the interviewers eyes as this may make him or her feel uncomfortable.

This is FALSE.

If you don’t look directly into the eyes of the interviewer it can be judged as a lack of confidence. When you talk to someone and your eyes are looking in another direction, the person feels as though you are not talking to them directly.

It may feel very uncomfortable for you to look directly into someone’s eyes but you need to look at the person while you talk. This doesn’t mean staring, but looking directly at the person you are addressing.

A tip to use that is taken from the people on tv who use “teleprompters.” They are looking at the teleprompter and reading their lines but it looks as though they are looking straight at the camera.


It is important not to smell – Good or Bad – during the interview!

If you smell bad – breath or body odor – that could be disastrous! Most people know that. But did you know that it could be equally disastrous to smell too good?

Colognes and Perfumes are great offenders to someone who cannot tolerate scents. Allergies or personal memories or preferences about scents can come into play during the interview and can be very distracting.


If you thought interviewing was only about answering questions, you’ve been missing the point. You’ve also been missing an opportunity to gather valuable information. Listening is one of the skills most underutilized by candidates. Most people go into the interview thinking and worrying about how they will answer the questions. They forget that they are there to find out about the job and the company and whether this is the right place for them.

The bonus of listening is that you impress the interviewer by the fact that you have heard what was said, and sometimes what was not said. The best questions you can ask come as a result of listening. Turn up your listening and intuitive skills. Read between the lines!

Demeanor – Confidence

One of the most important factors a candidate can bring to the interview is self-confidence.

When you stand tall and look the interviewer in the eye while you give a firm handshake you will make an immediate good first impression.

In today’s competitive job market it is worth taking some time to think about the impression you are making. Will you stand out from the competition with your confidence and demeanor? If not -take the time to make some changes.
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