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Why We Tell Lies at Work

Why dishonesty thrives at the office
“Most workplace lies ... are in the interest of getting the job done”
“Most workplace lies ... are in the interest of getting the job done”Photographs by Image Source LTD/Getty Images

It’s a common observation that the lies and the coverup, not the initial misbehavior, are what take public figures down. You heard it during Watergate and the Lewinsky scandal, and last month, Lance Armstrong proved it all over again.

Armstrong, left, with megafraud Bernie Madoff, right, and memoir fabricator James Frey
Photographs by Getty Images