Rahm Emanuel Finds Redemption For Potty Mouth
Reputed potty mouth Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) has found redemption. Actually, just vindication. The congressman, who curses about as regularly as a clock ticks, is heralding a study out of London claiming that swearing in the workplace boosts team spirit.
All week Emanuel has been emailing the AFP (Agence France-Presse) wire story he found on the study, which is titled "Swearing at work and permissive leadership culture: when anti-social becomes social and incivility is acceptable," to his staff and colleagues.
According to the AFP story, British researchers who conducted the cursing-at-work study found that swearing "helped foster solidarity among employees and express frustration, stress or other feelings."
Sounds like Emanuel's congressional staffers are glad they feel justified now in joining the boss in foul-mouthed chatter. The congressman tells the Sleuth: "It's true, my staff is very happy, or at least they're afraid to tell me they're not."
But of course, they know how the boss really feels. He once told campaign staffers, "In my house, when you say 'f*%# you,' it's a sign of endearment," according to the book "The Thumpin': How Rahm Emanuel and the Democrats Learned to Be Ruthless and Ended the Republican Revolution."
One of the authors of the new pro-cursing study that Emanuel is so psyched about was quoted by the AFP as warning: "Managers need to understand how their staff feel about swearing. The challenge is to master the 'art' of knowing when to turn a blind eye to communication that does not meet their own standards."
As far as we can tell, Emanuel's staff seems OK with the swearing thing. But as Emanuel himself pointed out, ya think they'd dare say otherwise?
Mary Ann Akers
October 25, 2007; 5:20 PM ET
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