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Human resources specialist tells Neil Mitchell when it’s okay to swear at work

Swearing in the workplace is getting more and more common.

A study out of the US has found 57% of people curse at work, with many saying they appreciate the relaxed environment. 

Human resources specialist Steve Shepherd told Neil Mitchell swearing has become part of the normal language for young people who are entering the workforce.

‘It’s not just a millennial issue, I think there are lots of senior executives that are well-known for their swearing as well,’ he said.

But Mr Shepherd said swearing at work is unlikely to ever be universally acceptable.

‘Because it’s become such a normal part of our language, people sometimes struggle with when it’s appropriate,’ he said.

Swearing around strangers, for example, may be less appropriate than when you’re with people you know well.

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