A colleague recently shared a story with me. Earlier in the year, her manager told her that there would be no annual bonuses due to the impact that the recession was having on company performance. Understandable right? She didn’t like it, but she accepted it. After all, what could she complain about? She considered herself fortunate to still have a job.
That changed when she learned one of her peers got a bonus. There may be many explanations for this. More than likely, though, the manager took the easy way out by feeding her that line. Had he said, “The bonus pool is smaller this year, and unfortunately you don’t qualify,” he would have had a bit more explaining to do. My colleague may have disagreed. It could have opened up a whole can of worms.
Taking the easy way out doesn’t always pay, though, does it?
Joe and Wanda?
Joe Kerr: What’s your colleague doing asking about other people’s compensation? It’s none of her business. Hope you gave her an earful. If one of my people did that, the axe would fall.
Wanda B. Goode: Dishonesty will almost always comes back to haunt you, and once caught in even the smallest little white lie, your credibility is shot. In the above case, do you think the employee will put in any discretionary effort in the future? Absolutely not. It pays to be truthful and confront issues and uncomfortable situations head on. The avoidance of a little short term pain will only create a lot of long term problems.
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