When was the last time you said something but meant another, or embellished the truth just a bit? Even the most honest and straightforward of us do it from time to time.
Sometimes we're trying to save face or spare somebody's feelings. Other times we're trying to make ourselves appear better than we really are.
I suspect that most of the time we're trying to save ourselves from something unpleasant by telling ourselves it's for the other person's good.
Call them euphemisms, embellishments, little white lies, spinning the truth, exaggerations, whatever you like. They're common in the workplace and everybody's guilty. You can either admit it or not, but if you say "not me," we all know you're lying.
There must be thousands of workplace euphemisms; I invite you to share your favorites with us. Here are some common ones that come to mind, just to get us started:
Hiring and firing You said, "We welcome you to the company." You meant, "We can't wait to dump all this crap on you."
You said, "I've got offers from a few other companies." You meant, "I had one other interview but they never called back."… Read more