Workplace Lying

Lying is all around us. In fact, research has highlighted for years how people learn to lie at a young age. It’s a familiar scenario in the daily activity of our workplaces⎯ management hears a story from employee one, two, three, and four, and although the stories might have a common thread, they all differ, mixed with each person’s version of their best “truth”. The same can be true of managers who may lie about their employees when perceiving a threat to power or control. It’s human nature and sometimes, oral tradition, to make the storyteller look better to save the day from the suspected villain.

Food for Thought: Do you know how prevalent workplace lying is in your department, organization, or unit?

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