In light of the recent incident with the JetBlue flight attendant, I don’t think that I could do my work if I couldn’t somehow vent. I think I would just close the door to my office so my office mates couldn’t hear me.
It’s not that I cuss like a sailor or anything like that, just occasionally, I feel the need to bust out and “son of a motherless goat” doesn’t always cut it.
One of the first realizations many professionals have early in their careers is the divide between personal preferences and the workplace reality. You don’t have to be a genius or even moderately intelligent to quickly realize that you’re an employee when on the clock. You don’t get to do whatever you want. The company tells you what to do, not the other way around.
Please note: We don’t advocate you becoming a mindless drone. We’re just saying that the boss sets office hours, dress code and other guidelines. If you walked in the boss’ office and said, “Hey, you need to get here early tomorrow,” she’d probably laugh at you and then hand you a pink slip.
Within reason, the company sets standards and you abide by them. Plain and simple.
For that reason, recent news that Goldman Sachs no longer allows its employees to use curse words in e-mails shouldn’t be headline news. But it is. How will workers adjust when profanity is a common part of their daily lexicon. The financial world is often stressful and its workers passionate. A *#@$ or !%*& is bound to slip out when large sums of money are on the line, after all.