6 ways to keep liars from ruining your workplace

Everyone lies (and nice hairdo, by the way). But destructive liars foster resentment, ruin careers, and take you for a ride. Here’s how to handle it.

Perhaps you’ve worked in that kind of organization.

Managers claim credit for others’ work. The chief executive twists the facts and sugarcoats unpleasant information. Employees conclude that the bosses are liars, and cynicism sets in.

The bad news is that lying can corrode an organization, says Carol Kinsey Goman, author of the recently released “The Truth About Lies in the Workplace.” The good news: Communicators can help establish the trust needed to create a collaborative workplace.

“There’s no place that could have a greater influence than PR or corporate communications,” Goman says.

Goman, who addressed the International Association of Business Communicators world conference this summer, added further thoughts in an interview with Ragan.com this week.

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