… the HR Minion. Because even minions have opinions. And giggles.

Liar Liar

Ok, I get the impulse to lie. You may be afraid you are going to get into trouble. Especially if you did something bad, know you did something bad, and know that you’ll be fired if you are found out. It is very understandable. But it’s also very stupid.

But you’ll be fired if you tell the truth, right? The truth will set you free, alright, free from your job that is. What do you have to lose, anyway? And you might get away with it too.

Lying is still a bad idea and here’s why:

1. It speaks to your character. Whether you are fired or not, is this really the kind of impression you want to make on your boss and co-workers? If you aren’t fired you will have to keep working with them and if you are fired you never know when you might end up working with these people again. Being known as a liar is a lot worse than being known for making a mistake once.

2. How do you know what to lie about? The thing I see a lot from employees who lie is that they don’t realize how much information their employers have access to. Oh, you arrived at 8:30 exactly, huh? Then why do the surveillance tapes show you arriving at 8:45? You say you made that purchase with your own money? Then why do the records show your debit card was charged? You just never know what they can and cannot verify or even what they are looking for.

3. Do you ever truly “get away with it”? So you lied and got to keep your job. Congratulations, you have now given yourself a paper trail and brought extra scrutiny upon everything that you do. Managers do not like being told they can’t fire an employee that they think is doing something bad because we didn’t have enough evidence. As such, if you do anything else, even if there isn’t definitive proof, your manager will be all over it and now we can show a pattern.

It sucks to lose your job and right now even more so. But lying isn’t the answer. And try not to compound the issue later by lying and saying you were laid off instead of fired. That’s extra stupid.

7 Responses | Add your Own

  • 1 Ask a Manager :

    Oooh, very well timed. I recently had to fire someone for lying. She lied to cover up a mistake. I wouldn’t have fired her for the mistake, but I did fire her for the lie. She seemed shocked that she’d been caught and that it would cost her her job.

  • 2 HR Minion :

    Ask a manager – Exactly! I know some managers won’t fire employees if they are honest, even for things they are supposed to fire them for.

  • 3 Steve Boese :

    I loved the post Minion, I think the real problem could be caused by the influence of George Costanza,’It’s not a lie if you believe it’.

  • 4 Training Time :

    I hate to do it, but I have to quote my mom on this one and say “honesty is the best policy.” You may not believe it’s the best policy when you’re in elementary school, but is the only way to go once you make it into the working world. Be true to yourself and you’ll go far. Great post!

  • 5 HR Minion :

    Steve – It’s amazing what people can believe in then. 🙂

    Training Time – Integrity counts for a lot, thanks!

  • 6 HR Underling :

    You are smart Minion. I dig you!

  • 7 HR Minion :

    HR Underling – Aww, thanks!