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How to handle a lying employee

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Q. We have an employee who tells his boss he has finished projects when he really hasn’t. Frankly, half the time we don’t believe him when he says something. What can we do? — B.T., Texas

A. You certainly don’t have to tolerate lying at work. Most employers have rules that say employees are expected to be honest.

But the easiest way to solve the problem is to have the supervisor follow up with the employee on projects. Have the employee show the work he has done. If it hasn’t been completed, the supervisor should document the work deficiency, and if such conduct is recurring, develop a performance improvement plan as a condition of continued employment.

Ultimately, this is a question of poor work as well as dishonesty. Coach, counsel and discipline accordingly.

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