10 Reasons To Always Tell the Truth at Work

2313 Inc. 10 Reasons To Always Tell the Truth at Work

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Telling the truth is a simple strategy for igniting integrity and moving your career—and reputation—in the right direction.

Always telling the truth is an actual, practical, and reasonable strategy to use during your workday. Telling the truth provides useful tools for self-review and decision-making when you’re facing a complex problem with a variety of factors. Put these strategies into practice and you’ll understand that not only does the truth set you free, it’s a core value of any business strategy.

Keep Your Cool

Telling the truth doesn’t mean speaking from a place of anger or strong emotions. If your temper starts to rise, pause and take a breath in order to calm down. Count to 10—or up to 100—pick the number that gives you time to develop a thoughtful response to the situation that respects the other person’s point of view without silencing your own truth.

Listen and Learn

Upon hearing someone saying something you disagree with, we’re often prompted to immediately start framing a rebuttal. When that happens we’ve stopped listening. Our rebuttals are most often about making a point that’s more inline with our version of the truth than it is to actually communicating with someone. Listen and learn.

Experience Empathy

Empathy requires that you be able to imagine yourself in someone else’s situation. Empathy at work is an essential tool to improve work relations with your team members. It gives you a creative advantage at work since it expands your perspective. Someone who has empathy is able to imagine solutions to problems for a colleague or client’s perspective.

Lies Change Size

Sometimes we’re tempted to tell a lie so that we appear bigger—more successful, more powerful, more popular. When avoiding the truth in the hope that we’ll look better to other people we actually hurting ourselves. Before a social or networking session review the things that you’ve done in your life that make you proud. Don’t let a conversation become a competition. Let authenticity and honesty guide your questions and answers.

Develop Discretion

When someone shares something in confidence, treat what he or she shares with consideration and care. If you have questions about what you’ve been told, about whom it’s okay to share it with, ask the source for answers. Never pass on information that’s mean-spirited or negative—that’s just gossip and it hurts you and the people it’s about.

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