Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Tell Cussing Colleague to Clean Up His Language

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Tell Cussing Colleague to Clean Up His Language

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Q: I have a co-worker who curses loudly whenever he gets upset. "Nick" uses highly offensive language describing various sexual acts and bodily functions. Because we work in a large cubicle farm with 5-foot walls, Nick's ranting can be clearly heard by everyone. To make it worse, customers routinely pass through this area on their way to meetings.

I have personally warned Nick that his salty language could get him in trouble, and others have talked to him as well. Each time, Nick tones it down for a couple of days, but then the swearing starts up again. Should I keep trying to convince him or just give up?

A: Nick's obscene outbursts would be inappropriate under any circumstances, but the fact that customers witness these tirades makes them an even more serious problem. …

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