Liar, liar!

Everyone cheats. That’s the conclusion reached in a recent essay in The Wall Street Journal, which said that while most of us like to believe that a few bad apples give the rest of us honest folk a bad name, research actually shows that all of us cheat. And some of us do so up to the point where we lose our sense of integrity.

So what does a manager do in such a situation? How can we pick up when our co-workers are lying? How can organizations detect when rules are being bent, with the potential of compliance risk to the organisation as a whole.

Contrary to the impression created by TV serials, picking up lies is not easy, even for trained professionals. But behavioural scientists say that reminding people about the rules can often be effective in ensuring better compliance. What do you think?

(This article was published on June 29, 2012)
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