Making Sense of Workplace Deception
We conducted a study to examine how employees make sense of deception by a peer coworker. We interviewed individuals employed in various occupations and asked them to describe an incident in which they were deceived by a coworker. Our interviews revealed that deceived employees made sense of deceptive events by considering their deceptive coworkers’ motives as well as the degree to which their organization may have influenced the situation. We identified four distinct types of peer coworker deception: corrupt system deception, CYA deception, personal gain deception, and personality trait deception.
National Communication Association
Bryant, E. M., & Sias, P. M. (2011). Making sense of workplace deception. Communication Currents, 6(2).