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20 White Lies We Tell Our Coworkers Every Day

Best Life Logo By Bob Larkin of Best Life | Slide 1 of 21: No one wants to admit to lying at work—least of all not to your boss—but let's face it: white lies happen. They’re so common, in fact, that some researchers claim the majority of people lie up to three times every 10 minutes. Even if those lies are mostly harmless, fibbing on the regular might be setting you down a dangerous path. A study published in Nature Neuroscience showed that telling small lies makes it easier to tell big whoppers later on. That's because it desensitizes our amygdala, the part of the brain that regulates emotion. So, in other words, the more you lie (and get away with it), the more your brain realizes, "Hey, that didn't have disastrous consequences. Let's do it again!"Here are 20 white lies you're likely to hear (some of which may have even slipped out of your mouth) in the typical office. Of course, not all of them are ill-advised—to borrow a line from the movie A Few Good Men, sometimes your colleagues “can't handle the truth." But some white lies, even if meant with good intentions, should be avoided at all costs. And for ways to comport yourself in the office, here are 40 Workplace Habits You Need to Drop By 40.

20 White Lies We Tell Our Coworkers Every Day

No one wants to admit to lying at work—least of all not to your boss—but let's face it: white lies happen. They’re so common, in fact, that some researchers claim the majority of people lie up to three times every 10 minutes. Even if those lies are mostly harmless, fibbing on the regular might be setting you down a dangerous path. A study published in Nature Neuroscience showed that telling small lies makes it easier to tell big whoppers later on. That's because it desensitizes our amygdala, the part of the brain that regulates emotion. So, in other words, the more you lie (and get away with it), the more your brain realizes, "Hey, that didn't have disastrous consequences. Let's do it again!"

Here are 20 white lies you're likely to hear (some of which may have even slipped out of your mouth) in the typical office. Of course, not all of them are ill-advised—to borrow a line from the movie A Few Good Men, sometimes your colleagues “can't handle the truth." But some white lies, even if meant with good intentions, should be avoided at all costs. And for ways to comport yourself in the office, here are 40 Workplace Habits You Need to Drop By 40.

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