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Ethics on the Job: Don’t Lie!

February 22, 2005 • Darrell Shandrow Hilliker

Once upon a time there was an employee who agreed to work on a holiday. This employee relied on the city bus system in order to travel to work, but was not disabled in any way. On the day he was scheduled to work, he decided he didn’t want to do that after all. He wanted to enjoy a holiday away from the office. When his boss called to ask him why he wasn’t working, he said that the buses weren’t running since it was a holiday. The boss had to make other arrangements to cover the absence.

The reason for the employee’s absence was a total lie. The buses were, in fact, running on that day. One of the employees colleagues explained this fact to the boss. The lie was accepted largely without consequence to the liar. The following lesson was not learned on that day:

Honesty is always the best policy.

Again, I repeat. Don’t lie! It’s wrong! Period.

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