Swearing may often be discouraged in the workplace but new research has revealed that allowing employees to curse could help them to relieve stress.
Conducted by researchers from the University of East Anglia (UEA), it was found that using expletives at work allowed staff to build social relationships, reinforce solidarity and allow employees to express feelings such as frustration.
Professor of management at the UEA-based Norwich Business School (NBS) Professor Yehuda Baruch commented that the study showed it was lower levels of the hierarchy in the workplace that swore most frequently.
He said that the results of the study should raise the issue of tolerance in the workplace.
"The primary issue for management is whether or not to apply a tolerant leadership culture to the workplace and deliberately allow swearing," he remarked.
He added that managers must understand when to turn a blind eye to the use of expletives by staff.
Recently, a survey by Business in the Community found that many staff feel managers neglect their wellbeing.