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Old 08-11-2008, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Northern Colorado
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This happened 8 years ago:
Was on my 90 Day Probation Period and noticed just how many times daily my Supervisor (lady) was saying the "f" word over the phone in her office and at times outloud in the office period. I got tired of hearing it and went to HR to discuss the matter with them. The HR lady told me that it would be taken care of. Ok! Ten minutes after talking to HR, the Department Manager and the HR lady (that I had talked to) came to my office and took me to the Conference Room. The Manager told me that they were letting me go and when I asked them "why", they simply told me "it isn't working out with you". Then, when I asked them if it was b/c I had told HR about the Supervisor saying the "f" word, they again said to me "it just isn't working out for us with you". They took me back to my desk and watched me pick a few things up and escorted me to the front door. That was the end of that job.
So, why do some companys allow so much swearing at work or even the "f" word to be used. To me, TOTALLY AND ABSOLUTELY unprofessional......period!!
What do you think.
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Old 08-11-2008, 02:49 PM
 
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It was probably a mistake to go over your supervisor's head and to HR. I am curious why you didn't speak to her directly first?

Anyway, I have worked places were cuss words were commonplace and quite accepted. I even interviewed with a company President who said S*** three times during the interview along with a few other words, although not the F word. That took me back a little.

Other places would have frowned upon H*LL, so I think it just depends on the culture and what type of environment/job/industry. The place where I found cussing to be quite common was in the construction industry.
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Old 08-11-2008, 02:55 PM
 
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People should be able to go to HR to have issues addressed if they feel they can't go to their supervisor. You shouldn't be let go because of one complaint. Geez!
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Old 08-11-2008, 02:57 PM
 
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If your in your 90 days and you are already complaining you are a potential problem. I'm not saying that you weren't justified in having a complaint, but 90 days. I don't know what line of work you were in, but if you are new and you have a complaint against someone who is very productive and a top performer, its much easier to get rid of you than replace them. They have put in there time, and the company knows they are getting there worth.
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Old 08-11-2008, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Memphis
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This happened 8 years ago:
Was on my 90 Day Probation Period and noticed just how many times daily my Supervisor (lady) was saying the "f" word over the phone in her office and at times outloud in the office period. I got tired of hearing it and went to HR to discuss the matter with them. The HR lady told me that it would be taken care of. Ok! Ten minutes after talking to HR, the Department Manager and the HR lady (that I had talked to) came to my office and took me to the Conference Room. The Manager told me that they were letting me go and when I asked them "why", they simply told me "it isn't working out with you". Then, when I asked them if it was b/c I had told HR about the Supervisor saying the "f" word, they again said to me "it just isn't working out for us with you". They took me back to my desk and watched me pick a few things up and escorted me to the front door. That was the end of that job.
So, why do some companys allow so much swearing at work or even the "f" word to be used. To me, TOTALLY AND ABSOLUTELY unprofessional......period!!
What do you think.

Unlike everybody else here I belive what they did was wrong. I would sue them.
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Old 08-11-2008, 03:31 PM
 
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Unlike everybody else here I belive what they did was wrong. I would sue them.

in the 90 day period they can pretty much let you go for anything, and it would be hard to bring a case against them in court.
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Old 08-11-2008, 03:36 PM
 
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sounds like you were working with psychos? You just got stuck with angry or bitter losers is all.....
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Old 08-11-2008, 03:38 PM
 
Location: Northern Colorado
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I didn't speak to the supervisor directly b/c I knew how this supervisor was when she was told things she didn't like to hear (from phone conversations she had loudly).
I don't mind hearing the words sh**, d**, but other words like "f" word and words like it just shouldn't be allowed in an office area or some other areas of work as far as that goes. In fact, my last supervisor used the "f" word once in a while during our Staff meetings. There were three women in the meeting, but not one said a thing! Does that tell anyone what kind of personality these women don't mind being around. So, why do these words need to be said at work?? Is this just another "day and age" of "I just talk the way I want to talk!"
Wife and I just don't get it! But, that may be another reason why some people our age (60) are retiring......so they don't have to hear this language at the workplace!!

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It was probably a mistake to go over your supervisor's head and to HR. I am curious why you didn't speak to her directly first?

Anyway, I have worked places were cuss words were commonplace and quite accepted. I even interviewed with a company President who said S*** three times during the interview along with a few other words, although not the F word. That took me back a little.

Other places would have frowned upon H*LL, so I think it just depends on the culture and what type of environment/job/industry. The place where I found cussing to be quite common was in the construction industry.
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Old 08-11-2008, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Northern Colorado
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Your 100% right and that is exactly what happened! This lady was a Temp worker and this company liked her so much that they hired her full time and made her a supervisor. Actually, I'm glad they did let me go 'cause I got really, really tired of hearing her mouth!!

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If your in your 90 days and you are already complaining you are a potential problem. I'm not saying that you weren't justified in having a complaint, but 90 days. I don't know what line of work you were in, but if you are new and you have a complaint against someone who is very productive and a top performer, its much easier to get rid of you than replace them. They have put in there time, and the company knows they are getting there worth.
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Old 08-11-2008, 05:01 PM
 
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Your 100% right and that is exactly what happened! This lady was a Temp worker and this company liked her so much that they hired her full time and made her a supervisor. Actually, I'm glad they did let me go 'cause I got really, really tired of hearing her mouth!!
I was just going to say they probably did you a favor. You would have probably gotten tired of it anyway. GOod luck on the job hunt!
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