Your boss wants you to tell a difficult client or a customer something that is clearly misleading. It feels dishonest, but your boss suggests you find a way to couch your words so that you are not telling a blatant lie.



What is THE CARAMEL CRUNCH? Well, it’s all about decisions. When it comes to THE CRUNCH what would you do?

One of the definitions of the word CRUNCH is:

a crucial point or situation

 – generally involving a decision with weighty consequences

  • Your response can be a quickie. Please feel free to send a comment to say what you would do, and if you have time or are inclined, please feel free to explain your decision.
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If you know anything about CRUSHED CARAMEL, you will probably realize I am a gentle soul, so my questions are not supposed to be terrifying! What I am hoping for really is to see a variety of responses. Afterall, it’s pretty obvious that WordPress bloggers are from a huge variety of backgrounds and cultures. It would be fascinating to learn more about how we as individuals make decisions.

Some of the questions I am going to ask are questions I have discussed with friends when we have been having coffee or dinner. I often find there is no clear right or wrong. It can be so much a matter of our individual experiences and outlook. I find it fascinating how very different some of us are when it comes to decision making.

We all have different outlooks, and may make different decisions. I am really looking forward to learning WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

One Way Street, Decisions, Opportunity




13 thoughts on “THE CARAMEL CRUNCH #4”

  1. It would depend on how badly I need the job. If I really need to stay employed, I would tell the lie, but in a way as to let the person know that there is something amiss. If I don’t give a fig about my job, I would refuse flatly.

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    1. I am sometimes surpriised how many employers ask their employees to do something dishonest to mislead customers and clients, even though they at the same time expect their employers to be honest to their employer.

      I have definitely been in jobs I liked and jobs I did not care about at all. 🙂

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  2. Ooh this is difficult. Especially if your job is at risk if you don’t do it. I think I would try to have a discussion with the boss and see if we could find a different way to achieve the outcome they were looking for without being dishonest. I would make sure the boss knew I wasn’t happy about misleading the customer.

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    1. It can be tricky at times can’t it. When I was in my late teens, I had a job in finance. My manager asked me to blatantly lie about something with a client. I refused to. She threatened me, but I stood my ground. A few months later she and a few other staff were involved in a criminal investigation and all were sacked from the company.
      However, in other jobs, there has been a different situation entirely. In the medical field, sometimes I have heard colleagues say things I know are not really true, but it is with the best of motives. Often it is protecting a patient. But it is a situation I fear could backfire on them.
      I left one company because I was so embarrassed about the lies they kept telling their suppliers. When they blatantly lied to me about things like wages, I just wanted to escape.

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      1. Yes it is tricky and an interesting one if you feel that people’s motives are good. I guess you have to do what you feel is right and try to be as transparent as you can in each situation. As with anything else it’s difficult to make one statement that would apply to all situations.

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  3. I would totally do it, given the fact that I only have jobs that I’m comfortable with in the first place. So, we’re talking about saying that someone is “in a meeting” when they are just busy doing something else, or whatever… I don’t find these lies to be problematic at all.

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    1. I think I have had to learn to be more balanced. One of my bosses told me I was not to bear my soul, exhibit the company dirty laundry, and state every worst case scenario while making non-comitant promises/pledges to customers.
      I used to get so anxious about someone feeling I had let them down or mislead them.

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