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Tell Me Lies, Tell Me Sweet Little Lies

Tell Me Lies, Tell Me Sweet Little Lies

pic-liesIn 1987 as I was starting my business career, the British-American rock band, Fleetwood Mac, released a song with the lyrics, “tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies.” This should be the anthem of many companies.  There are many common lies companies tell recruits and/or employees just to convince them to join or stay with their organizations. Eventually, those lies come back to haunt them.  Below are seven of those common lies.

7 Common Lies Told to Recruits and/or Employees

Lie #1 – This company is a great place to work.

Truth – Welcome sucker, this is Hell on Earth.

Lie #2 – People only leave for better opportunities.

Truth – People leave every week because of vulgar supervisors.

Lie #3 – We provide a flexible work environment.

Truth – Workflex is only an HR policy. Most supervisors here don’t believe in it.

Lie #4 – Management treats employees with respect and dignity.

Truth – Leaders believe Americans are  predominantly lazy and treat them terribly.

Lie #5 – Our leaders believe work/life balance is important.

Truth – Leaders believe in balance only if all your work is completely finished, which is rare because of under-staffing.

Lie #6 – Employees are paid for performance.

Truth – Leaders approve bonuses for those they like, not those who actually kick butt.

Lie #7 – Our compensation is competitive.

Truth –  HR hasn’t reviewed the competitiveness of their compensation practices in over ten years.






Kevin Kennemer is founder of The People Group based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Kevin is driven by his passion for company owners and their need to earn a profit, employees' desire for a positive and fulfilling work experience, and the community that benefits when both groups do well.


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