Swearing is rude and unprofessional. Or so we have been lead to believe. Research from the Human Resource Management International Digest recently told us that swearing at work can actually bring social cohesion and sharing a few expletives could actually help, rather than hinder your career. So here is why you should consider f@*$ing swearing at your business life.

And for everyone, who is so shocked, I would like to highlight that this methodology was based on interviewed LAWYERS, MEDICAL DOCTORS and BUSINESS EXECUTIVES in the UK, France and the USA. Hence, valuable companions 🙂

Swearing – great stress reliever

The study found nearly all of the individuals swore at work and the main reason for turning the air blue was stress – looming deadlines or frustrating meetings were the most common triggers. Swearing in written communication was off limits though and most people would not swear around religious colleagues.

Comparatively, swearing was likened to having a cigarette to relax after a difficult negotiation. Others said it provided cathartic relief, and another said they really enjoyed the contrast with the highly polished technical language of their job. There were other benefits too, for many they felt it grabbed their colleagues’ attention and convey urgency.

To be a part of the group & make friends in business/at work

Swearing around suppliers, clients or patients was classed as off limits and sharing a few swear words around colleagues increased the sense of belonging to a group. Some people used swearing in a humorous way to develop a friendship. Most agreed that swearing was seen as a way to conform to social norms and matched their language to others for an increased sense of belonging.

A negative phenomenon in a positive way

In contrast to much of the incivility and social norms literatures, this research find that male and female business executives, lawyers and doctors of all ages admit to swearing. Further, swearing can lead to positive outcomes at the individual, interpersonal and group levels, including stress-relief, communication-enrichment and socialization-enhancement.

Think about it how practical implications can push reconsidering and tolerating incivility under certain conditions…


About the Author:

DOROTA IWANKIEWICZ, FCIM | Senior Strategic/Marketing Professional | External&Internal Branding Specialist | CIPD & CILEx member Dorota combines 20 years of experience and constant development in the range of influencing people as a senior marketing/strategic professional and a managing director conducting manufacturer's projects. As a senior marketing professional: she accompanies DM2 Agency’s clients to achieve their defined goals, using knowledge and rich resources from neuromarketing, behaviourism, psycholinguistics. Dorota is the author of an educational programme about the art of persuasion, protected by the intellectual property law and implemented by the best Polish universities, and she is a co-leader of business workshops cooperating with the top law’s firm from City London. Her portfolio, gathered for many years, represents examples of effective marketing&PR campaigns eg. VISA, Mastercard, GSK, British America Tobacco, Geberit. She was a leader in European transitional programme (cooperation: Poland and UK) focused on training systems in order to develop employability, improving the labour market according to EU programme Europe 2020 growth and jobs strategy. Dorota is future-focused, inquisitive and open-minded; seeks out evolving and innovative ways to add an irresistible value to the clients/organisations. She consistently leads by example, acts with integrity, impartiality and independence, balancing individual, organisation and legal parameters. EXPERTISE: Leadership and Management | Communications strategy | Negotiations | Neuromarketing | Public Relations | Employer Branding | Employment Law | Psycholinguistics

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