The Career Doctor™
Dear Career Doctor:
One of my co-workers
swears profusely. I've been ignoring it, but it really makes
me uncomfortable. I'm not the only one who feels this way.
He's already been asked to watch his language, but he's
ignored the request. There are ten of us in a small office.
What should I do?
Poll your co-workers
and find out how many want his language laundered. Then
arrange to speak to him as a group. Tell him you like him,
but not some of the words he uses.
Don't assume that
one request -- even a group request -- will cure his bad
habit. So ask him to help you come up with a way to remind
him, like calling "foul" whenever a four-letter
word slips out.
Keep the discussion
and follow-up serious but light, because you don't want
group relations to become unpleasant or to make him feel
The Career Doctor
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