[funsec] Yup, works for us too!
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Wed Oct 17 09:58:07 CDT 2007
On Wed, 17 Oct 2007, Alex Eckelberry wrote:
> Swearing at work boosts team spirt, morale: research
> Regular swearing at work can help boost team spirit among staff,
> allowing them to express better their feelings as well as develop social
> m> , according to a study by researchers.
> Yehuda Baruch, a professor of management
> rt.com> at the University of East Anglia
> itbart.com> , 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
> <http://search.breitbart.com/q?s="blind+eye"&sid=breitbart.com> .
> 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
> "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
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