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Career Advice: Should you lie to your boss?

One of my career coaching clients, Robert, recently was wondering if he should tell his boss how unhappy he was at work. Robert had not been there very long but he was miserable, and pretty much ready to quit.

Should you lie to your boss about whether you’re happy at work? Almost all of my clients deal with this question. I will give you the same advice that I gave James. Being up front about your discontent at your job really depends on your situation. Obviously this is a touchy subject that you want to be careful with and err on the side of caution. If you share any information at all, share less than more. You need to pay your bills, remain financially stable, and take care of yourself even if you’re planning to leave. If you share any details with your supervisor it should depend on the relationship you have with them, how you think they will take the news, and if any changes could be made.

The answer is no, don’t lie to your boss. You still have to be sure to cover yourself just in case. Only share what you think is necessary about how you feel regarding your work. Especially if you’re thinking they can, or will make changes that could make you happier.

I’ve had clients where that is the case so I know it’s possible. I have also had clients where the situation was far from possible. They chose to work hard, stay under the radar and plan their departure as soon as they could.

Evaluate your own situation:

  • What are your long term goals?
  • What do you want to achieve by letting your boss know you’re unhappy?
  • How will it go over?

These are some of the questions you need to consider. This is a touchy situation so if you need help with this, you know where to find us for assistance.

Hallie Crawford
Career Advice Coach