Tell the truth, even if it’s scary
By Nancy Barry
Speaker and Author of When Reality Hits: What Employers Want Recent College Graduates to Know
Tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Think about the people who have lied to you over the years. How many lies did it take before you lost their trust? How many lies did it take before it was hard to believe anything they had to say?
I’ve known people who would tell a lie, even if the truth sounded better. Once you start telling little lies, it leads to telling big lies. There will be times when you’ll want to lie. You’re scared. You may think your career is on the line. But if you always tell the truth, no matter how painful it might seem at the moment, you’ll be glad you did.
There was an employee who called in, about once a week, with excuses as to why she’d be late to work. The manager suspected her excuses were lies, but had no proof. Until one day, the employee called to let her manager know she had a doctor’s appointment and would be in the office around 10 a.m. At noon, the employee called to say she’d been waiting for three hours to see the doctor. She forgot that the manager had Caller ID on his phone, and he could tell she was calling from home. (Ouch.)
~ Nancy Barry, Recent College Graduate Expert, Campus Calm