Goldman Sachs banning profanity from e-mails

Goldman Sachs is cleaning up its act.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that it’s telling employees that they will no longer be able to get away with profanity in electronic messages.

That means all 34,000 traders, investment bankers and other Goldman employees must restrain themselves from using oft-used dirty words on Wall Street, including the expletive that came back to haunt the company at a Senate hearing in April, the WSJ writes.

Goldman’s sanitized e-mail policy is being enforced by screening software. Even swear words spelled with asterisks are out, the WSJ says.

Citigroup and J.P. Morgan Chase have policies against using swear words in company e-mail, the WSJ reports. Morgan Stanley tells employees that their e-mail should be “professional, appropriate and courteous at all times,” but doesn’t specifically forbid naughty words.

Does your company have a policy? Should it?

Is it over-reaching for a company to do this? Or do more companies need to do it in the current climate?

What does this say about the work place?

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5 comments Add your comment


July 29th, 2010
10:03 pm

What! You mean Goldman Sachs actually found Gawd amongst all that money. Hypocrites!


July 29th, 2010
10:45 pm

So what do they order for lunch, Henry? Sugar on rye?


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July 30th, 2010
3:04 am

There’s too much profanity everywhere. Let’s all try to clean up our speech and be more articulate. It certainly has no place in written company communication.


July 30th, 2010
8:41 am

Without obscenities in emails, goldman will now make sound investment decisions and will not need billions in taxpayer money to bail out failed decisions. These GS execs are on top of it—that was the problem and now they have eliminated it. Where can I buy their stock?