Of course, there are certain situations in the workplace where discretion and privacy are necessary, however, being honest at work should not be taken lightly. You build trust, reduce stress, and increase job satisfaction. Find out when honesty in the workplace is critical.

Job Search

When applying to positions or constructing your resume, you want to be as transparent, accurate, and honest as possible. Stretching the truth on your resume can only create problems for the future. Maybe you get accepted for a position you are not exactly qualified for, or you are asked to demonstrate your skills and you cannot perform. Not only does this break the trust between you and your current employer, but it can also affect future opportunities.

Starting a New Job

When you first begin a new position, you will be learning a lot of information, processes, and tasks. If you find yourself not understanding something and need clarification, be honest. Job training is put in place for a reason, and asking questions is part of the process. However, if you don’t speak up, you may find yourself in a hard situation in the future when you’re asked something it is assumed you know, that you’re actually unsure of.

In Your Position

Being honest while in your current position will establish trust between you and your coworkers, managers, and employers. Be truthful about your limitations, your time, and your tolerance. This will give your team the opportunity to better gauge boundaries, as well as build reliability and understanding. Not only that, but it also produces more honesty, builds trust within your customers, allows for better ideas to develop, and eliminates conflict.