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When a co-worker lies, you’re in a bind

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You’re a loyal employee who works for an organization that you believe in. But not everyone shares your attitude.

One of your co-workers, Stan, is nice enough to you and your peers. But he treats the boss with disdain. And he never misses a chance to bad-mouth your organization and question its business practices.

Stan has missed a few weeks because of a back injury that he supposedly sustained while lifting boxes at work. The other day, he confided in you that he’s faking his ailment while collecting workers’ compensation benefits.

“I’m sure my job won’t be around much longer, so I might as well get paid to transition to something better elsewhere,” he told you. “Don’t tell anyone.”

Senior managers take pride in minimizing workers’ comp claims. They post signs in the lunchroom tracking the number of injury-free workdays and highlight the cost savings that result when everyone takes safety precautions.

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