Tell a lie about a co-worker? Never. But there are times your boss doesn’t need to know everything, says Nicole Williams, author of Girl on Top.
1. Your worth. In an interview, she says, it’s reasonable to exaggerate your preferred salary by 10% to 20%. It shows you value yourself, and it allows room for negotiation.
2. Your future plans. Trying to launch a side business in your spare time? Planning to start a family in a year or two? Williams advises keeping the information to yourself, until you’re ready to part ways with your employer.
3. Your experience. “If you’re confident about a skill but haven’t necessarily been paid for it, then go ahead and add it to your résumé,” says Williams. The trick is that you’ll have to find a way to deliver, if asked.
4. Your health. Whether you’ve taken time off for an illness or struggled with depression, your health history is your business. The only reason to share is if you need to take advantage of an employee health benefit or you want protection under the Americans with Disabilities Act or the Act.
5. Your tardiness. Say you miss the most important meeting of the month because you forgot to set your alarm. Fessing up could do more harm than using a “family emergency” excuse. Beware, though: It only works if you’re normally and dependably on time.
— Adapted from “5 Lies You Should Tell Your Boss,” Nicole Williams, The Huffington Post.
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