Blog: Ask Professor Nick

Lying to Get Ahead at Work

Nicholas DiFonzo, a psychology professor at Rochester Institute of Technology and author of “The Watercooler Effect,” which looks at why people spread rumors in the workplace, said that such actions are “obviously self-enhancing.”

“You don’t need to be a Ph.D. in psychology to see that this will get you some points, socially or professionally,” DiFonzo said. “In any group there is always a group that is favored.”

But DiFonzo warns that your boss is probably going to find out what you are doing. Look at it this way: There wouldn’t be all these case studies if nobody got caught.

“I think they underestimate the likelihood that they will get caught,” he said. “It’s only a matter of time.”…continued…

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