101 Ways to Make Yourself Indispensable at Work:Be Honest

Being dishonest is one of the surest ways to sabotage your career and work relationships. Once you are branded as a liar or as someone who cannot be trusted, your reputation is truly damaged. It is difficult to restore trust once it is lost because of lies and deceit. Never deceive others.

Although telling the truth is the core concept of honesty, it encompasses far more. For instance, exaggerating or overstating information, making excuses, cheating, spreading rumors, and falsely blaming others are all forms of dishonesty. Withholding essential facts or not conveying necessary information are also forms of dishonesty.

If it seems as if dishonest people get away with their deceit, know that eventually their actions will catch up with them and turn others against them.

Make sure you communicate honestly with everyone you work with. Take care to provide accurate information to customers, clients, and coworkers. Accurately report facts, costs, delivery dates, and the like. If you do not finish a project on time or if you make a mistake, own up to it and tell the truth.

Be honest with yourself, too, about your own feelings and values. Make a point of being committed to the truth in all your dealings.

101 Ways to Make Yourself Indispensable at Work. 101 Ways to Make Yourself Indispensable at Work, ISBN: 9781435454323 Prepared for jhale@cba.ua.edu, Joanne Hale © 2011 Safari Books Online, LLC. This download file is made available for personal use only and is subject to the Terms of Service. Any other use requires prior written consent from the copyright owner. Unauthorized use, reproduction and/or distribution are strictly prohibited and violate applicable laws. All rights reserved.

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