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    Default Swearing at work boosts team spirit and morale

    Go ahead, express yourself....get it off of your chest.....

    LONDON (AFP) Regular swearing at work can help boost team spirit among staff, allowing them to express better their feelings as well as develop social relationships, according to a study by researchers.

    Yehuda Baruch, a professor of management at the University of East Anglia, and graduate Stuart Jenkins studied the use of profanity in the workplace and assessed its implications for managers.

    They assessed that swearing would become more common as traditional taboos are broken down, but the key appeared to be knowing when such language was appropriate and when to turn to blind eye.

    The pair said swearing in front of senior staff or customers should be seriously discouraged or banned, but in other circumstances it helped foster solidarity among employees and express frustration, stress or other feelings.

    "Employees use swearing on a continuous basis, but not necessarily in a negative, abusive manner," said Baruch, who works in the university's business school in Norwich.

    Banning swear words and reprimanding staff might represent strong leadership, but could remove key links between staff and impact on morale and motivation, he said.

    "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.

    "Managers need to understand how their staff feel about swearing. The challenge is to master the 'art' of knowing when to turn a blind eye to communication that does not meet their own standards."

    The study, "Swearing at work and permissive leadership culture: when anti-social becomes social and incivility is acceptable", is published in the latest issue of the Leadership and Organisational Development Journal.

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    Apparently not true where I work.

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    Get you fired at a lot of places.....

    I was chewing the HR director at my work a new ass for this particular redundant policy misprint in our policy handbook pertaining to a workmans comp issue and SHE told me that she didnt appreciate my use of swearing during our conversation ? I was like WTF did I say ? She said she didnt like the use of my word CRAP ....I mean who thinks the word crap is a swear word ? But I have seen people fired over profanity .....

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    Hmmm....

    Here at my gov't office, I have heard the F-bomb used here a number of times during shouting matches and no one got fired. In fact, one of our ex-Commissioners here dropped several F-bombs during her first "meet-and-greet" with the staff. She even got promoted....she's now Arnold's Chief of Staff!

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    Just tell everyone that you have turrets (sp) syndrome or something. I can swear at work and no one cares. Well, ok. I work alone at home unless I'm traveling. :D
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    I probably don't get through a single day without a few eff bombs, emmer effers, and a what the ****.

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    I even get to use the F-bomb when speaking to my clients. :D
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    Quote Originally Posted by Demiurge View Post
    I probably don't get through a single day without a few eff bombs, emmer effers, and a what the ****.
    Don't you own the place? You can get away with anything!
    If you will it, dude, it is no dream.

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    I think this policy is a lot more relaxed in Europe in general, especially "southern" countries like France or Italy. Britain is actually more staid and conservative in this respect in my experience, but here in the U.S. we are far more puritanical than even the British. Just my $0.02! (I would not hire any HR person that gave anyone hassle for using cr@p, BTW: they just don't know enought about human nature and what's important in the workplace to direct HR IMO.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobman1235 View Post
    Don't you own the place? You can get away with anything!
    I'm the minority share right now, so unfortunately someone can still step on my balls if I got too out of hand. Thankfully he's worse than me when it comes to rattling off a brilliant string of profanity that there's not much I could say to offend. :p

    The problem with swearing in the workplace is if it's ever in earshot of a customer, which has happened before when the customer was on the phone and one of the shop guys called him "a total f*king *******," when he thought he was on hold. That wasn't fun having to explain. :o

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    I have been trying to watch the mini expolsions and verbal outbursts at work but it's not working very well. Some of the "under thinking" office people will be leaving for good in 2 weeks after some adjustments, so things might improve soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danny Tse View Post
    Hmmm....
    ... In fact, one of our ex-Commissioners here dropped several F-bombs during her first "meet-and-greet" with the staff. She even got promoted....she's now Arnold's Chief of Staff!
    Arnold obviously appreciates poetry!

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    This story is BS
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    I have to cuss at work, I'm a warehouseman, they expect it.

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    Here we have to be so nice to the dumbass clients that it is neccessary to have a cursing fest right after the meeting

    Steve: If you ever want to get out of the warehouse and start designing them, telling management what dumasses they are, and don't mind moving East, let me know.
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    Pfft, and give up those govie bennies? heeeeeeellllll no.

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    I love it when the hot chicks at work swear, it's quite sexy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron-P View Post
    I love it when the hot chicks at work swear, it's quite sexy.
    X2 if they swear at each other

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    My work is school, and that is definetely true!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danny Tse View Post
    X2 if they swear at each other
    Or me, that's even better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by avguytx View Post
    Just tell everyone that you have turrets (sp) syndrome or something. I can swear at work and no one cares. Well, ok. I work alone at home unless I'm traveling. :D
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    Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
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    Ron dislikes a film = go out and buy it.
    Ron loves a film = don't even rent.

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    What daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa ..................
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    Wow!! What did they blipped out?

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    Ok I can see where that comes from...

    When you get hired to do a job, you are expected to meet certain requirements. You are assigned certain tasks that warrant your paycheck.

    Before you start to swear at work, check your self. Do you have a reason to express yourself in this manor? You must be on top of your game first. No holes , nothing. Only then can you stand on any leg and get anywhere .think about this. I see many lazy people crying about how much there job sucks. Well work in general sucks, thats life man. you want to be paid, do your effing job.

    I also agree that swearing is a good thing when it's nessary to make a strong point. But again you need to be on your game first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Demiurge View Post
    Pfft, and give up those govie bennies? heeeeeeellllll no.
    Amen to that brothaaaaaa....:D

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    Rule 1: Avoid it as much as possible. You can get into a real sticky
    mess under current sexual harrassment laws.

    I know pop culture embraces it, but many workplaces are cracking down.

    When I worked for Digital Equipment, HR Nazi's would come out to inspect the
    workplace. No pictures(including family) no Dilbert cartoons, no swearing.
    We all had to go through week long training in how not to offend or sexually
    harrass anyone. This included not using the term "girls". Seems that they
    preferred to be called "Ladies".
    The only things hanging on the wall better be a calander or phone list.
    This is caused by lawsuits and lawers. The current employer is much better
    than DEC was about this. Still better to err on the side of caution.
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    Geez!

    At my day job I hear swearing all the time. Sometimes I catch myself doing. Try not to but I'm only human.

    At my part time job though! Boy! If this article is right then my boss makes that job the happiest job on Earth!
    You're just jealous 'cause the voices don't talk to you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sucks2beme View Post
    Rule 1: Avoid it as much as possible. You can get into a real sticky
    mess under current sexual harrassment laws.

    I know pop culture embraces it, but many workplaces are cracking down.

    When I worked for Digital Equipment, HR Nazi's would come out to inspect the
    workplace. No pictures(including family) no Dilbert cartoons, no swearing.
    We all had to go through week long training in how not to offend or sexually
    harrass anyone. This included not using the term "girls". Seems that they
    preferred to be called "Ladies".
    The only things hanging on the wall better be a calander or phone list.
    This is caused by lawsuits and lawers. The current employer is much better
    than DEC was about this. Still better to err on the side of caution.
    And was your morale raised these rules or decreased? Isn't that the point of the article? ;)
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    I was never a big fan of it in the workplace, but it wasn't too long ago that you could find porn mags in the magazine piles at work. Nude pictures in lockers, etc.. Nothing in public view of course.
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