Things you should do when you think an employee is lying to you.
Have you ever been in a position where you ask your employee a question and you think you already know the answer? You are hoping they will look you straight in the eye and tell you the truth. How do you respond when the answer is not what you expect to hear and you assume they are lying straight to your face. Before you jump to conclusions and fire them right on the spot, take a breather and reassess the situation. You ask the question again. Maybe they didn’t understand you correctly the first time. This time the answer is a little vague so you try to get as specific as you can. That’s when they tell you a bold face lie, so you think.
Here are 2 simple things you can do to resolve the situation:
- Ask them point blank. You can explain to them that you understand the situation differently. You must phrase this in a professional manner but it must be stern and direct. Notice their body language and their eye contact. If they are all over the place, you definitely need to look into this further. It might be a situation where someone else gave you the information and asked that you keep it confidential. If that is the case, always consider the source and remember there are two sides to every story. It’s important as a Manager that you don’t come right out and expose who said what. You have to be sensitive to the work environment and culture your have created.
- Call a meeting with all parties involved. If it is a situation where more than one person was involved, bring them together to discuss what occurred. It is very difficult to lie when someone in the room knows the truth.