Saturday, April 26, 2008

Lie and Smoke

Employment attorney John Phillips comments on the case of the workers in Indiana who falsely stated that they are non-smokers in order to get a $500 health insurance discount.

Here's hoping the union doesn't pursue the matter. That is said with the union's true interest in mind. I used to deal with union representatives who would fight like lions if they felt there had been a genuine wrong but would refuse to challenge management if there was no case to be made for the employee. Their credibility was high and if they said there was something wrong you listened carefully to their side.

The knee-jerk advocates, however, who would just as strongly defend the indefensible soon found that they had no credibility.

The same rule, of course, applies to management. Credibility [i.e. trust] is the coin of the realm.

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