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    F-Yeah! Swearing At Work Is OK, Study Finds

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    Allowing staff to swear at work can benefit them and their employers, according to researchers at a British university.
    Yehuda Baruch, professor of management at the the University of East Anglia's Norwich Business School, and graduate Stuart Jenkins looked at the use of expletives and swearing in the workplace from a management point of view.
    They identified the relevance and even importance of using non-conventional and sometimes uncivil language at work and how it may have a positive impact.
    The study found regular use of profanity to express and reinforce solidarity among staff can enable them to express their feelings and develop social relationships.
    Baruch said their aim was to challenge leadership styles and suggest ideas for best practice.
    "Employees use swearing on a continuous basis, but not necessarily in a negative, abusive manner," Baruch said. "Swearing was as a social phenomenon to reflect solidarity and enhance group cohesiveness, or as a psychological phenomenon to release stress."
    "Most of the cases were reported by employees at the lower levels of the organizational hierarchies and it was clear that executives use swearing language less frequently," he said. "The primary issue for management is whether or not to apply a tolerant leadership culture to the workplace and deliberately allow swearing."
    The study found younger managers and professionals were more tolerant in what they accepted as ethical behavior, suggesting that age may be a moderator for the spreading of swearing language to the workplace. Women also swore more than might traditionally be expected, especially among themselves.
    The study also found that swearing did not take place in front of or within close proximity to customers, but once they had gone or in staff areas.
    The research suggests that while a ban on swear words and reprimanding staff might represent strong leadership, it would remove the source of solidarity and in doing so could lead to decreased morale and work motivation.
    "We hope that this study will serve not only to acknowledge the part that swearing plays in our work and our lives, but also to indicate that leaders sometimes need to ‘think differently’, and be open to intriguing ideas." Baruch said.
    The results of the study, "Swearing At Work And Permissive Leadership Culture: When Anti-Social Becomes Social And Incivility Is Acceptable," are published in the current issue of the Leadership and Organization Development Journal.
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    You posted this before I had a chance to. I saw it earlier and was going to go back and post it. :P

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    Someone needs to tell South Pasadena (CA) they are proposing a ban on swearing in public....

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    Try telling that to my supervisor. Swearing is a daily part of my job, however if you do it around him he'll tell you "We don't use that kind of language here." But he also does not actually run orders on a press... He should read about this study, maybe he won't chastise us anymore.. haha
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    I'm not allowed to swear or yell at work,(health facility) it's considered resident abuse if one of them hears me, because it could make them feel unsafe.

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    It's a huge no no around the Chief. The worst you will get is an eyebrow raised.

    It's been done on the street, but usually in the "right" situation.
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    My boss will occasionally drop the f bomb when we're talking (he doesn't use it toward me), it doesn't bother me but he always apologizes though.




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    I swear like the proverbial "trooper" at work, (amongst colleagues I know)
    However at home I never do, don't know why, but the words just don't come into my head.
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    No #@!king wonder I'm so #@!king stress free at my job!!
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    Swearing in public was in the CA Penal Code but got overturned in the 60's by the Supremes


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    Swearing in public was in the CA Penal Code but got overturned in the 60's by the Supremes
    That Diana Ross always had a potty mouth on her
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    I swear my worst when I'm at work. I think it's my way of getting it out of my system so I don't do it around my kids.
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