One Brazen conversation recently discussed a woman who told a “little white lie” during salary negotiations. She told her new company that she made more money at her previous position than she actually did in order to procure a higher salary at the new job. Brazen members responded passionately, and wondered, where do you draw […]
One recently discussed a woman who told a “” during salary negotiations. She told her new company that she made more money at her previous position than she actually did in order to procure a higher salary at the new job.
Brazen members , and wondered, where do you draw the line? Where does the onus lie? Do companies have a responsibility or is it the employee’s? Read some smart ideas and then let us know your thoughts about white lies in the workplace:
Hiring companies only want to pay you for the value that you can bring to the market place, and no more than that. If you’ve lied to them, they will find out, and you’re shot. –
Technically an organization does not need to know prior salary data because, in larger organizations at least, some type of job evaluation system is used to assign every job code to a salary band. That way, at least in theory, all jobs in an organization are valued fairly with respect to each other. In reality, all the comp management intricacies aside, budget managers want to hire as cheaply as possible so they ask and they verify. Paying more does not guarantee you the best employee. –
Lying is stupid. Not just unethical but sets a person up to lose credibility later. Not worth it. –
I think the reason why people don’t like giving out salary information is because it gives the employer negotiation power that can really hurt us as candidates. The employer should be paying what they think the position is worth, not figuring out how much someone was paid before so they can use that as a way to figure out how low they can go with an offer –
Companies ask what you made at your old job all the time to avoid giving out too much to start. Depends on how hard up you are for work, but when they do that, thank them for their time and walk away. They are just trying to fill the job on the cheap, not on what the job — or you — are worth. A good company has evaluated the job and has a pay scale of min, mid and max. – Rufus Dogg
This isn’t an industry phenomenon that only happens in business/marketing it’s human nature. It happens often, people lie. At work, to bosses, to their children to their spouse…. I bet you’ve called in sick when you really weren’t…. same thing. –
Either way it would be grounds for dismissal, where-as calling in ill, while being not so much, would not be grounds for dismissal unless one did it routinely. I am not sure where the line is drawn, but I know there is a line there somewhere. –
We need to stop holding ourselves to a higher standard than those of companies. We talk of how unethical it may be to fudge something on a resume, but say nothing of the unethical (not to mention in many cases ILLEGAL) questions in inquiries that hiring managers try to get a way with, all in a supposed effort to “protect the brand”. If people stopped catering to these corners being cut by the corporations, they wouldn’t find that corporations could so easily behave as they do. – Ty Unglebower
Is it ever okay to lie to an employer? Where do you draw the line? Would you lie about your previous salary? Have you lied about being sick to stay home? What about lying about projects or to protect co-workers?
What do you think about white lies in the workplace?