Little white lies are just a commonplace at any company. These 7 will probably sound very familiar...
28 June 2017| Last updated on 2 July 2017
Admit it – you’ve told lies to your boss or co-workers just to get out of certain situations. Little lies are simply part of workplace culture. The good news is that most of our lies don’t come from a bad place, but rather with the intention of just trying to please others or to avoid causing an issue.
Should you feel bad about it? Well, we’ll leave that up to you. But here are some common ones you’re probably guilty of!
1. Sorry I’m late, traffic was horrible!
Because admitting you’re just not a morning person after you’re late one more time is just not going to get you off the hook.
2. I’m working on it right now
When you were asked to do something without a deadline, so you sort of forgot about it. But since it’s not a complicated task and can be done quickly, it’s just better not to admit that you’ve got nothing to show for it.
3. Oh wow, the email has been sitting in my drafts folder
That time you get a follow-up email because you've put off replying. It’s just a lot nicer to explain that you actually answered but it looks like you never clicked that send button.
4. Don't worry, everything is under control
When really that just means everything is not under control. You’re already panicking inside, no need to make everyone else panic too.
5. No, I don't have any questions
We’ve all been given assignments that just didn’t make sense, but when the boss asks if we have questions, silence befalls us. Because really, who wants to be that one person who doesn’t get it?
6. I was thinking the exact same thing
When you were really thinking the exact opposite, but you need to seem agreeable.
7. Sure, I’d be happy to
All those times you were asked to do something extra, and it was really the last thing you wanted to do, but you did it anyway.
How many have you told or at least heard?