Workers admit lying to avoid offending colleagues and cover-up errors

Half of employees have lied at work, often because their boss or colleagues do not like to hear diverse opinions, a survey suggests.

The study of 1,000 workers by the jobs site Glassdoor indicated that people also lied to avoid getting into trouble or to hide mistakes.

Two out of five respondents admitting to lying said it was easier to agree with the majority, while three out of four believed that saying what they really think at work can get them into trouble.

Joe Wiggins of Glassdoor said: “Trustworthiness, integrity and good judgment are clearly all attributes that every employer would naturally look for in its employees.

“So it is concerning that such a large proportion of UK employees admit to having lied at work, especially if the reason is to cover up mistakes. But it also begs the question: are enough employers encouraging an environment where people feel comfortable with transparency?

“If there is a culture of peer pressure or an environment where diversity of thought is not valued and nurtured, this leads to people masking their true feelings, which could lead to more systemic deceptions as well as bias.”

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