Swearing at work?

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  1. Magnetic Poles

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    A new study shows swearing at work boosts morale. Excerpt:
    LONDON (AFP) - 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.
    Personally, I think it is rude and can be offensive. CLICK HERE for the story. I can see how this could end up legally creating a hostile work environment under U.S. law. How do you get paid to study a #$#@%*&@ thing like that?
     
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    I don't think this would ever be allowed at my workplace :laugh: Dr. Smith would definitely not be happy!
     
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    I think one should act at work, home, and church, within reason, the same.
     
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    About two months ago a fella at work closed a pneumatic vise on two of his fingers and clipped them off from the bottoms of his fingernails. I didnt condemn him for uttering a few expletive deletives.
     
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    I think this study is hilarious. I was wondering, if it was practiced in my work environment it would only make people laugh (including those swearing) at trying to swear in a serious situation.
     
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    About 10 years ago , my wife was working at a bank and was transferred from one department to another. Her new supervisor, a bank officer, had a foul mouth and didn't hesitate to use it. Other than that, he was a decent supervisor.

    She informed him that she was a lady and expected to be treated with respect. That his language was a sign of disrespect and she would not work for him if it continued.

    He was stunned and embarrassed. And he stopped cursing in her presence.

    She is now a Sr. Vice President at a different bank and he's the one that first recommened her to take a position as a junior officer at that bank.

    I realize it won't always be effective and could backfire, but sometimes one has to speak up.
     
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    "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.


    How else can swearing be taken except in a negative, abusive manner?


    Except those rare times when someone hurt themselves and is in pain, I can see a swear word slipping out. Or if something really bad happened. Otherwise, to use this language on a regular basis should be grounds for termination. It's unprofessional. We are paid to work. We are not paid to curse, use offensive slang or sarcasm.
     
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    I hope I didn't indicate otherwise! :eek:
     
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    Who is he? Your psychiatrist?
     
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    I feel like cursing now. I wonder if it would be beneficial here at the board.
     
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    Only dikes curse
     
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    I understand the article. I've witnessed it myself, many times. That is one of the worlds ways. And we are (supposed to be) set apart from that.
     
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    It appears that you are equating cursing and sarcasm. They are not the same things.

    Are you referring to a slang word for lesbians? I don't know much about lesbians, but wouldn't this classify as offensive slang?
     
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    My second job, when I was all of 21 years old, was as an office clerk at a new car dealership. The man who served as finance manager was from New York City, and he talked just like you'd expect street thugs to talk--but he was otherwise a "good guy". I had to do the same thing your wife did, and even "got onto" some of the other gentlemen there for not doing it FIRST. The man's language was unsuitable for ANY business environment, except the Mafia!

    When I told him so--in a very respectful way--he seemed genuinely amazed that his language was offensive. When I asked him if he noticed that NO ONE ELSE spoke that way, he thought a minute, and it was like you could see a light bulb go on over his head! :laugh: He made a very sheepish comment about being a displaced Yankee, apologized profusely, and from that moment on, treated me with more respect as a person AND a co-worker. I honestly believe some people just have never been TOLD.
     
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    I am not aware of the lesbian (sexual) aspect of this you are trying to equate into the mix, nor if it is considered offensive slang. If you don't know much about lesbians, I suggest you learn instead of questioning the intent of my post.
    If you really want to report it, then feel free to do so but since it was directed to a Moderator, I believe she automatically has the ability to edit my post. And to send me a pm if I have hurt her, hopefully I haven't done so but only made her chuckle.

    Getting back to topic, sarcasm at work and cursing are comparable in the sense that we are not paid to participate in that type of negative communication. We are paid to do our jobs. Just my two cents.
     
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    Nope...nope...nope

    Dr. Shelton Smith...President & Editor of the Sword of the Lord

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    My aunt once hit her fingers with the hammer while hanging a picture. Before conversion she would have used colorful language.

    That time she said:

    Ouch !!! Ohhhhh!!!! Grrrrrr !!! Praise the Lord.:laugh:
     
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    Hopeful, that has been the response I get when bringing it up to my guys at work. They usually don't understand how offensive their talk is, and when confronted, are usually a little embarrassed. I don't censor their words, but curse words and sarcasm can kill the moral of everyone. This must be kept to a minimum. (And, imo, it causes me to make less money)
     
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    I watched the report on this during Fox and Friends this morning, and it seems like yet another attempt to excuse sinful behavior.

    Although there were a few times i wonder if using that type of language would have made deacons meetings less stressful...hmmm.
     
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    Only dikes curse?

    I must have seen some male dikes.
     
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