By Ashley Mazerolle, Marketing —
Hi, my name is Ashley and I’m a liar. You’re surprised by this?? Every single person the planet Earth is a liar. It’s an interesting thought to think that every single person you’ve ever met is a liar. Research from the University of California have found that humans only spot half (53%) of the lies we’re told on a daily basis. So, what do you do when you catch a co-worker in a lie?
There are a few routes you can take depending on the consequences of the lie being told.
You can very well choose to do absolutely nothing. No one likes being lied to, but what is at stake if you confront the liar? Your job? Could you be putting others in danger? These are consequenses you need to weigh as you decide how to handle the lie.
Embellishment? or Lie?
You could deflect the lie and simply brush it off or you can make a joke out of it, giving the liar the benefit of the doubt. Sometimes people ‘embellish’ the truth a bit to make themselves seem better than they truly are. Again, something you should consider if you’re going to take action about the lie you’ve been told or heard.
Another way to confront a lying coworker; you can be upfront and call them out on the lie. Keep in mind the severity of the lie, who the lie affects, and if your own integrity and job will be at stake if you keep this ‘secret’ or lie to yourself.
Get the Liar to Admit the Truth
Whatever you do, make sure you protect yourself with proper evidence, facts, and even get backup support from coworkers. There’s also a solution called EyeDetect that you could implement. EyeDetect is a solution that allows people to be tested without having all of the invasion of a polygraph. You could have the liar take a 30 minute test, and then get the truth behind their lie.