'Swearing' at Work Eases Stress, Boosts Team Spirit, Study Says

Having a bad day at the office? Let off a few expletives, it'll ease stress and boost camaraderie, according to a new study.

Researchers at University of East Anglia in Norwich, U.K., conducting a leadership study found the use of "taboo language" made the workplace more tolerable, according to Australia's Daily Telegraph.

Yehuda Baruch, a professor of management at UAE, warned that attempts to prevent workers from swearing could have a negative impact, but stressed that swearing in front of customers is not a good idea.

"Taboo language serves the needs of people for developing and maintaining solidarity and as a mechanism to cope with stress," he said. "Banning it could backfire."

But over-use also may have consequences.

"Managers need to understand how their staff feels about swearing," Baruch added. "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."