But I bet that it doesn’t help you over the long run, because other people notice. I can’t see how it can go on for long and how much good can come of an obvious lie.
Emily: In general, Farhad, I would agree it doesn’t help to be a lying nut, but when you hear people’s complaints about what goes on in their workplace, maybe it does.
I guess our bottom line is when you see something as egregious as this, particularly if the person is usurping your own title, go ahead and just have a direct conversation. Don’t make it accusatory. Just say, “There’s a mistake there. You probably want to fix it.” Then take it up the line if it’s not fixed.
Farhad: I think it should be on the subway. If you see something, say something.
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Emily: And we’ll talk to you next time on Manners for the Digital Age.