Swear at Your Colleagues, It’s All Good

A professor at the University of East Anglia in the UK conducted a research on the impact of profanity in the workplace. He found that swearing under certain circumstances helped build moral, foster solidarity amongst employees, expressed frustration, and relieved stress. I knew my potty-mouth was intended for the betterment of mankind. Read the findings here. If not, go f#@k yourself.


Filed under Bizarre, Business, Communications, Humor, Motivational

7 responses to “Swear at Your Colleagues, It’s All Good

  1. I guess there will be some fine print in relation to “It’s All Good” statement by researchers (e.g. under certain conditions).

    I do not know what industry was considered in this research program. It is not uncommon that some swear words fly un-intentionally (not negatively targetted at someone and not abusive in nature) in heated discussions; but I would not agree that “it’s all good” and profanity is OK for team morale.

  2. Thanks Virk. My tongue was firmly planted in my cheek when I wrote that headline. 🙂 Cheers.

  3. One time, my boss told me to stop coming in late and I spent the next ten minutes screaming a profanity-laden tirade at him. In turn, he started shouting at me in vernacular I can’t repeat. By the time we were through, we were both exhausted and having a laugh. By opening up to one another, we became better friends and soon swore at each other all the time. “Hey, #*&@!face” I would say as I passed him in the hall outside his office. “Hey, *^&$-licker” he would respond.

    Long story short, I was promoted to VP and I’ve been recommending swearing at work ever since.

    Try it! You’ll like it!

  4. That’s hysterical!!! Thanks for sharing that story.

  5. Thanks for sharing the post! I’ve always been hesitant to use profanity when around executives. I’ve always felt they were more business-oriented than me, and swearing isn’t business oriented.

    However, when talking to a colleague, I’m back at my sailor-mouth, and it does express frustration or excitement more so than just “oh fooey”, or “hooray”, so workers understand you better, it seems.

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  7. “Oh fooey” doesn’t quite have the same satisfaction, does it Aaron? Thanks for sharing.

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