Pants on fire

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PBN Executive Poll

Pants on fire

Posted 12/31/69

Have you ever caught an employee in a lie?

• Yes, and I confronted him or her – 79.4%

• Yes, but I did not address it – 11.8%

• Not that I’m aware of – 8.8%

In your opinion, what’s the most common reason for fibbing in the workplace?

• As a way to cover up a mistake – 64.7%

• As an excuse for being late or overlooking something – 20.6%

• As a way to project a better image – 14.7%

Is it ever OK to lie at work?

• No, it’s never justified – 85.3%

• Yes, but only if it’s to protect someone’s feelings – 11.8%

• Yes, sometimes it keeps a client or supervisor happy – 2.9%

How does your office handle dishonesty?

• On a case-by-case basis – 82.4%

• Employees are warned – 8.8%

• Employees are fired – 8.8%

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