Study Says Swearing at Work Helps Beat Stress

From the “language connects you with others” department, here’s a study that indicates that foul language can help you connect with others.

Researchers at England’s University of East Anglia Norwich looked into leadership styles and found that using swear words can reduce stress and boost camaraderie among coworkers. 

Professor Yehuda Baruch, professor of management, told the BBC that 

In most scenarios, in particular in the presence of customers or senior staff, profanity must be seriously discouraged or banned. However, our study suggested that, in many cases, taboo language serves the needs of people for developing and maintaining solidarity, and as a mechanism to cope with stress. Banning it could backfire.  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 with their own standards.

As always, consider the audience.

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