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Can you tell when and employee is lying?

these real-life lies are so widespread some companies are resorting to polygraphy tests!!

"I was Kidnapped and held for three days" - "My rabbit ran away and there were foxes in the area" - "Somebody must have hacked my email and sent that invoice"

The economic climate explains in part the perceived increase in lying.  Desperate times make employees fearful, so they do what was previously unthinkable, and the odd CV embelisment doesnt seem like a big deal.

Deceit is prevalent in the workplace because we find it hard to spot lies told by people close to us, such as colleagues says Dr Peter Collett author of 'Social Psychology at Work'.  A lie of course is not absolute, there are exaggerations we see as just talking ourselves up, we might claim sole responsibility for a team effort. 

CIPD - Poll resulted in 20% thought men were

bigger liars at work than women, 15% thought the opposite.  The prime age group for lying was thought to be 25-39.

HR professionals, Managers and MD's are always going to be in the firing line of lies.  They vet employees during recruitment and investigate complaints about behaviour, levels of creativity and deviousness can be remarkable.

Tackling a Liar - 5 Steps (recommended by CIDP)

1.  Explain why you have reservations about their words or actions - but stay calm and don't label them a liar

2.  Emphasise that you're only asking the question and you'd be happy to apologise if it turned out to be a misunderstanding

3.  If your doubts persist, point out that it is likely to be easier to tell the truth now than in the long run

4.  Explain that continuing with a lie will escalate the situation and could result in further action

5.  Ask for the truth - if you've exhausted other avenues, this can often provoke a sudden climbdown

 

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