By Mitch Clarke, Marketing —
Lying is much more common than you might think. In a recent advice column from the Washington Post, one reader writes, “I spent my early adulthood lying constantly. The lies didn’t hurt anyone directly — except me, in hindsight — but perhaps hurt the world in an abstract way. I now realize I was just too afraid to be myself, that I was actually just trying to please people to assuage my fears about being inadequate.” It seems that the fear of being our true selves has caused many to lie. The writer notes that though her lies did not hurt anyone directly, they may have caused harm in other ways.
When Lies Hurt Us
How then do lies hurt us? In the business world, many managers have dealt with dishonest employees; some are discovered and others are not. Though their lies may be negligible now, the fact that employees can so easily bend the truth should scare any organization. It is when dishonesty prevails in the workplace that money goes missing, confidential documents gets shared, and business suffers. Dishonest employees can cause more harm than you think.
The Simple Way to Gauge Integrity
In order to avoid the harm caused by dishonest employees, organizations need to be aware in advance of a job applicant’s character. It’s important to know if a job applicant can be trusted. IntegrityDetect is the perfect solution. By removing the bias of personal relationships, IntegrityDetect screens job applicants or employees on how they would react in different situations requiring integrity. The short computer-based implicit association test lets organizations know with about 80% certainty how honest someone truly is. Just think, in less than five minutes, HR directors can breathe easier knowing that new and existing employees are honest and worthy of trust.
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