Seattleites don’t swear (as much) at work, survey shows

Jul 26, 2012

If you cuss at work, 57 percent of bosses say they are less likely to promote you and 64 percent will at best think less of you for it, according to a survey by

So, Seattleites should be getting ahead in the world since we didn’t make the top ten cities in the U.S. for swearing at work.

The report on the survey didn't say what percentage of Seattleites cuss at work, but it has to be less than 44 percent since that's at the bottom of the top ten. 

Here’s the list were not on:

  • Washington D.C. – 62 percent
  • Denver – 60 percent
  • Chicago – 58 percent
  • Los Angeles – 56 percent
  • Boston – 56 percent
  • Atlanta – 54 percent
  • Minneapolis – 50 percent
  • Phoenix – 47 percent
  • New York – 46 percent
  • Philadelphia – 44 percent

Maybe don’t count your chickens just yet, though.

The makes a good point: “Looks like Seattle is moving up in the world. Of course, if the rest of the city also doesn’t swear, you’re not necessarily going to get a promotion just for looking like the Orbit gum girl.”

More details:

Swearing By Age:
Comparing age groups, younger employees were the least likely to swear at work, while employees ages 35-44 are the most likely to curse while on the job.

  • 18-24: 42 percent
  • 25-34: 51 percent
  • 35-44: 58 percent
  • 45-54: 51 percent
  • 55 and over: 44 percent

Warning: Your mom was right.

The survey found that employers are inclined to think less of an employee who swears at work for a variety of reasons. Most (81 percent) believe that the use of curse words brings the employee's professionalism into question. Others are concerned with the lack of control (71 percent) and lack of maturity (68 percent) demonstrated by swearing at work, while 54 percent said swearing at work makes an employee appear less intelligent.