Office Workers Swear Nearly 55 Times A Week, Study Finds

Seher DareenSeher Dareen in News, World
Published 22.11.19

I know it’s great to have a job.

It pays your bills, primarily, and then you might even end up enjoying what you do. But it’s no surprise that not a lot of people love theirs.

A survey conducted by 4com, a telecoms business firm, found that frustrated office workers swear nearly 55 times a week. 2,000 workers in the country were taken in for the study.

I think it’s wrong. I swear way more often than that.


According to the research, staff can be heard swearing away 11 times a day, and those who are most likely to swear work in middle management. A quarter of the workers said that their supervisors and line managers were regularly foul-mouthed. Only one in five workers, the politer ones, say that they would never use offensive language in front of their colleagues.

Catering staff were viewed to be the most polite, with only 1% of people stating they regularly used bad language. But I guess that’s a given, due to their job, no?

Is it all bad?

But what does this mean? Swearing in day-to-day life is so commonplace, that it really shouldn’t be surprising that people swear in their workplace too. It doesn’t have to be that one would only swear when in an argument. Normal conversation can also have expletives in the 21st century.


While some say that swearing is natural but can’t be part of the brand that one is trying to have at the workplace, others suggest otherwise.

Dr. Jo Gee, a psychotherapist, says that “swearing can be beneficial, as the process of swearing is often cathartic, letting out pent up emotion, as well as aiding storytelling or jokes”.

“As to why people use them at work, alongside the above reasons, for some, offensive language might be a ‘test’ for the work setting – with employees experiencing a thrill when swearing or using swear words to draw attention to themselves in a busy workplace,” Dr. Gee said.

“That said, swear words often include a range of taboo words including sexual language, profanities, animal names, and vulgar terms, so this is part of why people find them offensive. Additionally, they are linked to negative emotions and our minds associate them with anger, even if they’re not used aggressively.”


She also added that those who do swear are more likely to be linked with words such as ‘honest’ and ‘credible’.

Naturally, there should be a difference in swearing as a part of a conversation or while letting off steam, and when someone uses it in a confrontational manner. Establishing a line and not treating workers like they are children is important.

I mean, sh!t happens, right?