What do you do when your boss wants you to lie and say they aren't here?

@WebMann (4732)
Canada
January 24, 2007 12:48pm CST
I worked for guy, great guy, but he wasn't really a good business man. If he was behind on his bills you would see him waving his arms to get your attention when the phone was ringing and whispering. "I'm not here..." My response. "Yes, he is actually standing right here." And then I would hand him the phone. How did he combat this without firing me. When the phone rang he would run out into the parking lot so he wasn't really there. What do you do??
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@shooie (4986)
• United States
14 Jul 08
I worked for a boss that would do the I'm not here once in awhile but I told him I wouldn't lie for him and say he was out. Normally if he was in his office he was busy so if a call came in I would just say he's busy at the moment may I please take a message and then would do so. When he didn't want to answer his phone he would forward them to mine so I knew to say he's busy. If a boss ask you to lie there is always a way around it.
@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
14 Jul 08
Yeah it wouldn't have been a problem if he was actually busy, but I was the one that was busy.
• Philippines
24 Feb 07
I think in my part, I will follow what my boss would tell me because he is my boss. And I guess he still makes the decision even if its wrong.
@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
24 Feb 07
Not me because it reflects on my honor. :)
@blueskies (1186)
• United States
23 Feb 07
I would take messages for him and leave them on his desk, if that were my job. If it wasn't my job to answer the phone, I would make sure that I was very busy doing other things so that I couldn't be called upon to bail him out. Did he ever get his bills paid?
@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
24 Feb 07
Hey BlueSkies He is really the greatest guy but he would just get in over his head but he eventually always paid up.