We have seen over and over again that it may not be the act that gets you in trouble, but that you tried to cover it up. So why do executives and PR companies think that they can get away with it? In fact, a survey done a few years ago by PRWeek showed that a quarter of the PR executives in the survey admitted to lying on the job, while 39 percent said that they exaggerated facts. A recent article in Business Week examined why we tell lies at work.

The article cited a study which showed that, while people were at home, they tended to tell the truth, even if it might cost them. But put them in a public or office setting, and they seem more willing to bend the truth to fit their needs. In fact, the conclusion was that most people lie at work to cover their back.

In other cases, employees may lie to get ahead. Drexel University did a study which suggested that workers who sucked up to their bosses by lying tended to have less stress than those who stayed on the straight and narrow.

It also seems that lying on the job may be contagious. When people see others getting ahead or getting away with an occasional untruth, they may be more likely to lie themselves. However, most people still like to be considered as truthful and a company setting a standard of honesty will tend to attract more forthright workers.

Ultimately, those who do stick to the truth tend to feel better about themselves. They donít have to worry about getting caught and they have greater self-esteem. Their company will be held in higher regard, and it will attract clients who are looking for solid work, not cover up artists. Finally, as the old saying goes, itís easier to remember the truth than to try to remember a trail of lies.