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Published on Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Travel and leisure employees most likely to tell lies



Employees in the travel and leisure sector are more likely than any other to lie, according to HR experts.


Almost 30% of HR people working in the travel and tourism sector said they believed they were told more than 10 lies a week.


This places travel and leisure ahead of banking, media and construction as the most deceitful sector, according to a poll by People Management magazine.


According to the survey, 92% of HR professionals in all sectors believe they are lied to every week, and a third say the number of lies they hear is increasing.


Some businesses are using polygraphs to screen staff for drink and drug problems or criminal convictions, or in cases of fraud.


Other lies detected were the employee who claimed to have 'caught' Gulf War Syndrome or the accountant who passed his professional exams aged 14.


Robert Jeffery, editor of People Management, says: "We don't know the exact factors why workers in the travel and leisure sector might be so willing to lie, or whether these HR professionals' perceptions match reality.


"But if lying is taking place on such a widespread scale, it has a detrimental knock-on effect on all sorts of areas - from employee engagement and levels of trust in the organisation to rates of fraud."


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  • Travel and leisure employees most likely to tell lies

    A fundamental impossibility as HR "experts" must regularly come into contact with Bankers and Lawyers. Added to that, the HR "experts" themselves have cause to ensure others are ranked higher in the stakes than themselves.

    By John Flower, Wednesday, April 3, 2013

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