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HC Online | 07 Dec 2012, 12:00 AM Agree 0
The ‘f’ word has crept its way into the lexicon of offices everywhere. What sort of alternatives are out there to this most versatile of words?
  • Kirsten | 07 Dec 2012, 03:43 PM Agree 0
  • Ann | 07 Dec 2012, 04:40 PM Agree 0
    Not sure if this is a politically correct article. A few F*** would have been a bit kinder to the eyes.
    I hope you hit the send button by accident. I know its friday but you are suppose to be uppholding values with your magazine... not nice HC
  • Kayte | 07 Dec 2012, 04:48 PM Agree 0
    A+ article HC Online! One of your best of 2012!! We all had a good chuckle in the office, albeit awkwardly knowing that we are often the main offenders.
  • Kayte | 07 Dec 2012, 04:49 PM Agree 0
    A+ article HC Online! One of your best of 2012!! We all had a good chuckle in the office, albeit awkwardly knowing that we are often the main offenders.
  • Judy Higgins | 07 Dec 2012, 04:52 PM Agree 0
    Hilarious, I've used many of them, thought some of them and certainly not thought others. Thanks for the 'lighten up' Friday alternatives. Caused all sorts of hilarity around our office.
  • LC | 07 Dec 2012, 07:36 PM Agree 0
    Your best article yet! Love it.
  • tiff | 07 Dec 2012, 07:44 PM Agree 0
    I think this is a great article and shows that .HR people know how to have a laugh too!
  • Jen | 07 Dec 2012, 10:32 PM Agree 0
    Thank you for the smiles after a stressful week in HR :)
  • Wendy Stow | 08 Dec 2012, 09:31 AM Agree 0
    Having just dealt with a situation where swearing at work was symptomatic of declining mutual respect and had seriously damaged relationships, I must agree with Ann's comment. A more thoughtful article about 'what are the standards today?' and 'how should they be upheld?' would have been more helpful. Substituting F*** is a simple courtesy surely.
  • Ella | 08 Dec 2012, 10:11 PM Agree 0
    This was the best team bonding activity for our team. Thanks HC!
  • Sandra | 09 Dec 2012, 06:40 AM Agree 0
    Agree with Ann. This article demonstrates a breakdown in social values. Language that was once considered shocking to use in the workplace and socially has sadly become today's norm. Now that the "F" word has become acceptable, given Kirsten, Kayte and Judy's comments, what is the next expletive to normalise? The "C" word or is that too shocking?
  • Debs | 09 Dec 2012, 04:26 PM Agree 0
    Oh gold! Nothing like saying exactly how it is tho :-)
  • Profanity Pete | 10 Dec 2012, 01:48 PM Agree 0
    Come on Ann and Sandra, youre the squares that give us HR folk the label 'fun police' After years of working in white collar corporate offices I now consider the ability to use these expressions in the blue collar industry a 'benefit'.
    They are powerful words so use them as a tool. even Kevin Rudd does! (stationary issue 09)
  • John | 04 Jan 2013, 03:34 PM Agree 0
    Hmmmm...Whilst I dont use this type of language myself, and it is not used within my HR team, I too got a chuckle out of this article.

    Lets face it, what comes across the airwaves on TV these days would have made my Nanna feint backwards...or have a coronary. Mind you, in her day there was a huge uproar about the swear word in that famous line (which may be applicable here) "Frankly my dear, I don't give a Damn"
  • Maureen | 11 Jan 2013, 03:14 PM Agree 0
    Maybe those who didn't like it "could do with more training"...
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