Supervisors swear to show they’re cool

Winston Churchill famously said, “I don’t trust a man who doesn’t swear.” The lesser known ending of that quote: “I’m not f*cking kidding, it proves you’re not just a suit, that you’re cool.”

People tend to work harder for cool managers, and as everyone learns at a young age, swearing is extremely cool. It’s said that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. In the office, the most direct way to a subordinate’s heart is through a foul mouth.

Casual swearing (e.g., “This coffee is sh&tty,” or “I’m out of f*cking staples? F*ck!”) sends a clear message to direct reports. It says, “Just because I make twice as much as you do, and determine when you can take time off, it doesn’t mean I’m not a rad dude/dudette.”

The message doesn’t always come across. Some people find swearing unprofessional, offensive, lazy or evidence of a limited vocabulary. As a counterpoint, these same people also tend to refer to marijuana as “the pot,” so take their criticisms with a grain of salt.

HR tip: Start with low grade swears like “damn” and “ass” before moving on to more advanced foul language.

[Photo: Swear Bear by edwick, via Flickr’s Creative Commons License]


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