HR Strange But True!
August 05, 2010
Profanity in the workplace is considered unprofessional in most organizations but regulating it can be difficult. However, after recent inappropriate messages leaked to the media, employees at one investment banking and securities firm will have to pay special attention to what they type—and not just words, symbols and acronyms too!

Expletives in e-mails have been axed at Goldman Sachs, according to a recent report from the Wall Street Journal. The company is using software to screen employees’ e-mails. The new communication policy prohibits profanity in e-mails and acronyms associated with them. According to reports, even asterisks insinuating profane words will be blocked.

E-mails will not be the only employee communications being monitored for language. Goldman Sachs ban on profanity also extends to instant messages and texts sent from employer-issued cellphones.

Goldman Sachs is not the first organization to instruct employees to ‘keep it clean.’ Citigroup Inc. and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. have similar policies. Citibank took it one step further and instructed all employees to complete a mandatory training session on the organization's electronic communications policy.

Verbal profanity has even been addressed on the New York Stock Exchange floor, where an outburst can cost traders up to $1,000 for their first offense, reports the Wall Street Journal.


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