Survey: Only one U.S. city swears more on the job than Denver

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DENVER — Denver was No. 2 in a ranking of the top 10 cities that reported the most swearing in the workplace, according to a recent survey.

The nationwide survey, which was released last month by Harris Interactive, included more than 2,000 hiring managers and 3,800 workers across industries and company sizes from May 14, 2012 to June 4, 2012.

According to the study, 60 percent of Denver workers say they swear on the job. That was second only to Washington D.C., where 62 percent said they swear on the job. Both cities beat out the competition in the top 5, which included Chicago (58 percent), Los Angeles (56 percent) and Boston (also 56).

Workers who do swear might do well to watch their tongues. According to the survey, 64 percent of employers said that they’d think less of an employee who repeatedly uses curse words, and 57 percent said they’d be less likely to promote someone who swears in the office.

Survey data showed employees age 35-44 are the most likely to swear in the office (58 percent), while youngsters, ages 18-24, are the least likely to swear (48 percent). The majority of employees surveyed (51 percent) said they do indeed swear at the office.