A new survey has found that employees who swear frequently on the job are less likely to get a promotion. And the worst offenders are workers in the US capital, Washington DC.

The CareerBuilder study found some interesting and often conflicting results in a survey of 2 298 hiring managers and 3 892 non-government employees.

For example, 81 percent of respondents said cursing in the workplace brought an employee’s professionalism into question.

And 64 percent of employees said the would think less of a co-worker who swore regularly while on the job. In addition, 57 percent of managers said they were less likely to promote someone who swore. Majorities also said that swearing made a co-worker appear less in control (71 percent), less mature (68 percent) and even less intelligent (54 percent)

Nonetheless, 51 percent of the same respondents admitted to swearing in the office, with a full 95 percent of those who curse saying they do so in front of their co-workers. The same 51 percent said they used profanity in front of their bosses. And 25 percent of the hiring managers confessed to swearing at their employees.

And in another potentially surprising result, the country’s youngest workers are also the least likely to swear. Only 42 percent of employees aged 18 to 24 said they swore in the office. And 58 percent of workers aged 35 to 44 said they used profanity at the office, topping the list. – Sapa-AP