Skip to comments.Swearing at work boosts team spirit, morale: research
Posted on 10/17/2007 8:42:06 AM PDT by gjones77
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.
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Things were so much better back when the people you worked with were also your friends, companies got more productive employees since they were working together because you wanted to see your friends do well.
Now a days people use political correctness and HR as a weapon against those whom they feel threaten to expose their incompetence.
Everyone feels better when you call an A$$hole and A$$hole.. no one wants to say or here “he’s unique/difficult/etc”
Well Kiss My Big Ass, ain’t that F’ing obvious?
I like to say that they "have a high-profile personality."
“Geeze, anyone could of told you this, political correctness prevent people from expressing themselves in fear that some sensitive schmuck will go running to HR because his feelings are hurt and hence co-workers stop talking about anything that isn’t work related.”
Really...if everyone here ran to HR everytime someone dropped the “F” bomb, we’d have no one out on the factory floor.
Well I tend to use the phrase “his ego is not matched by his abilities”
We had a guy that worked for us that I believe only knew one word, the F word. He simply used a different tone and inflection to get his meaning across. Amazing how you could figure out exactly what he meant by just using tones...
F-ing A Right!!!
Well thats a #$%# @$#$%# &^*^ crock of steaming (*^*^$%(
I use "His confidence exceeds his competence".
These are amusing posts but I would not work for someone that talked to me that way.
I use “he has delusions of adequacy”. :D
He told a bunch of us: "Any fool can swear"
One of the best things I ever heard from a teacher. We've never had to swear on our job sites, and we were and are more productive than most.
*Donning flameproof underwear*
Back in the “Dark Ages” (i.e. - before computers, laser printers and Human Resources Departments) we used to swear all the time. We also used to smoke on the job and have beers at Friday lunch, but that’s another story. True: work was more manually intensive, but it was certainly more Fun, before government mandates and political correctness conspired to try to wring every last drop of joy out of it.
It doesn’t work for Tony Dungy either.
"What do I have to do cut off your arms to get you to wipe your a@@?"
I never said it but it was credited to me in a complaint filed by a contractor to the military. He wasn't doing his job and someone on my team got on him for it. No one fessed up to it though. I've always gotten a chuckle at being blamed for it.
I prefer to play with words and have people think about what I just said:’)
Foul language is for the Ignorant Mother F****er!
“Everyone feels better when you call an A$$hole and A$$hole..”
True, I wish I could do that at work some times.
What m*&$%#^@(^%r did this study?
Most of my painters were ex cons working out of halfway houses so it wasn’t easy to insult them. When I paged them I would use their prison number by calling for inmate number xxxxxxxxxxxx.
On the other hand I had a retarded girl and an elderly retiree prepping parts for me. I was always gentle with them and made it clear that all the painters were to respect them as well.
So it’s fine to swear at work? I’m sure employees will keep this little relaxing of standards in control like they did the casual Friday dress thing, right?
Sometimes our rules seem ridiculous but they are often a reflection of the knowledge of human nature that many people seem to have a need to go beyond the limits whether it’s speed limits, dress, language, whatever. Swearing happens at work and sometimes it is certainly merited but something like this will open the floodgates to foul language and forget the little pantywaists who find it objectionable. And when workers start swearing at the client, let’s realize that we started it with permissive standards. Finally, making workplace swearing acceptable behavior actually removes the intended shock value of workplace swearing in the first place and forces the manager to rise to higher levels of profanity to continue the shock effect.
Glad I’m an independent contractor. I don’t have to put up with language if I don’t want to do so.
It should not descend to brutal crudity. Well done it contains all the elements of poetry: cadence, scansion, alliteration and assonance, and an appreciation for pungency and brevity. Calling a spade a "f***ing shovel" is the mark of the tyro, the amateur, the dilettante. Terming it a "sh*t-covered idiot stick" carries with it a certain artistic complexity more typical of a fine wine. "Ah, yes, I'm picking up a touch of blackberries and bell peppers on that rant. Nice finish."
It is, sadly, somewhat of a lost art or rather a suppressed one. It behooves those of us who truly appreciate it to keep it alive in the darkness, hoping with all our hearts for a new dawn of aesthetic appreciation. No sh*t.
Hee hee, you should hear my two co-workers and me as well when we get the door closed.
no f#*king sh#t!
oops....gotta go. here comes da boss!
I work with a bunch of dudes. All in their 30’s. Your bound to hear the occassional “WTF?” or “You gotta be !#$@# kidding me!” from time to time.
If you work with passionate people (and that’s what you want to hire people that are passionate about the job that they do) then occassionally their feelings get the best of them.
> Cussing should be used like an expensive spice - just so much; more ruins the effect.
Well said. Efficient and creative use should always be the goal.
Seems for have worked for Sailors for decades......
Best one was from a Gunny, looking at a jammed Ma Duce - the “F word” as grammer. Just a wonder, Art even.
Spill on aisle Ro through Th, will the bookboy come to the checkout desk please!?
Cursing at Work
It has been brought to management’s attention that some individuals throughout the company have been using foul language during the course of normal conversation with their co-workers.
Due to complaints received from some employees who may be easily offended, this type of language will no longer be tolerated.
We do, however, realize the critical importance of being able to accurately express your feelings when communicating with co-workers. Therefore, a list of 18 New and Innovative ‘TRY SAYING’ phrases have been provided so that proper exchange of ideas and information can continue in an effective manner.
TRY SAYING: I think you could use more training.
INSTEAD OF: You don’t know what the f___ you’re doing.
TRY SAYING: She’s an aggressive go-getter.
INSTEAD OF: She’s a f___ing bit__.
TRY SAYING: Perhaps I can work late.
INSTEAD OF: And when the f___ do you expect me to do this?
TRY SAYING: I’m certain that isn’t feasible.
INSTEAD OF: No f___ing way.
TRY SAYING: Really?
INSTEAD OF: You’ve got to be sh___ing me!
TRY SAYING: Perhaps you should check with...
INSTEAD OF: Tell someone who gives a sh__.
TRY SAYING: I wasn’t involved in the project.
INSTEAD OF: It’s not my f___ing problem.
TRY SAYING: That’s interesting.
INSTEAD OF: What the f___?
TRY SAYING: I’m not sure this can be implemented.
INSTEAD OF: This sh__ won’t work.
TRY SAYING: I’ll try to schedule that.
INSTEAD OF: Why the f___ didn’t you tell me sooner?
TRY SAYING: He’s not familiar with the issues.
INSTEAD OF: He’s got his head up his a__.
TRY SAYING: Excuse me, sir?
INSTEAD OF: Eat sh__ and die.
TRY SAYING: So you weren’t happy with it?
INSTEAD OF: Kiss my a__.
TRY SAYING: I’m a bit overloaded at the moment.
INSTEAD OF: F__ it, I’m on salary.
TRY SAYING: I don’t think you understand.
INSTEAD OF: Shove it up your a__.
TRY SAYING: I love a challenge.
INSTEAD OF: This f___ing job sucks.
TRY SAYING: You want me to take care of that?
INSTEAD OF: Who the f___ died and made you boss?
TRY SAYING: He’s somewhat insensitive.
INSTEAD OF: He’s a pr_ck.
People who use profanity are a scourge on society, they represent a breakdown of the moral fiber of society. There are places where it may be acceptable. But most places it is not, most places. It angers me to no end, that I can’t go out in public with my children without having some dumb monkey cursing up a storm.
having spent years in heavy industry with small and large crews operating machinery of all types, my experience is that with most groups of workers there are those who can’t utter a sentence without a four-letter word and those who don’t. Those who don’t usually just suck it up and go along to get along, but it does not lend to the cohesive, smooth running operation management seeks.
Plus, affirmative action has caused the addition of women to these crews. Some of them would put any foul-mouthed male to shame, but most women aren’t into swearing. I have been retired for a number of years, so I concur, before you say it, things may have changed - somewhat.
What a bunch of bull$#!+
Everyone %#$@ing knows that!
What exactly makes a ‘swear’ word a swear word? Sure saying the Lord’s name in vein is in the 10 commandments. What about any of the other ‘bad’ words? “Swear” words are the PCness of the right. It can’t go away fast enough. They are nothing but words and not supported by anything Biblical or logical.
LOL I haven’t cried that hard from laughing in months.
Pinging myself because a friend of mine NEEDs to read this ;-)
What makes a ‘profanity’ word a profanity word out of curiousity? What if I and 20 other people decide the word food was profanity? How many people need to decide the word is profanity before it is? Does it matter in what context the word is used in? Words are words. What matters is what you mean with them and how they are directed.
When I was in the army, I heard some amazing sentences. Something like, “You fcking fck fcker! I’ll fck you in the fcking fck with a fcking fuck, you fcking fck fcker!”
And that was just the chaplain.