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STUDY: Nearly one-third of workers lie to their bosses

Lying to your supervisor has the potential to land you in hot water, but it looks like some employees don’t mind taking the risk.

Comparably released a study yesterday, which was emailed to Ladders, revealing that 71% of all employees surveyed say lying to their supervisor is something they never do— ever.

This means that a total of 29% of those surveyed reported lying to their managers at some point, whether it was a one-time thing, once quarterly, once monthly or even once a week.

Here are some of the findings that stood out in the research.

Who’s fibbing at work

The study is based on more than 46,000 answers from workers in public companies (large, medium and small in size) and private companies, but mostly at tech companies.

Such a large slice of all respondents claimed they never lie, but the study also breaks down how often the remaining 29% say they actually do.

The slimmest piece of the pie is the 4% who say they do so once a week, followed by the once-monthly group at 5%. The other two categories— once quarterly and once at all— were split down the middle at 10% each.

The research goes by the Census Bureau definition of “millennials,” or people born between 1982 and 2000. That being said, it also provided insight on how many surveyed in this generation say they lie at work.

While 80% of respondents 36+ claim they “never” fib to their boss, 65% of those in the 18-35 age group say the same.

Who thinks a robot will swipe their job in the next decade

With American parents fearing that bots will steal their kids’ jobs according to other research, it makes sense that a related sentiment was also reflected in the Comparably data.

While 11% of respondents older than 35 say they think robots will claim their job in the next decade, a much more significant 19% of those in the 18-35 age group think this will happen to them in the next 10 years.

Who thinks their gender hasn’t worked in their favor in the office

This sentiment was measured in terms of age and more, with 19% of people 36-45 reporting that they believe that “gender has held them back in their careers,” compared to 22% of people 46 and older, and 23% of women and men 18-35.

That being said, it’s clear that the tech world also has a lot of catching up to do in terms of gender equality.

Around half of all women respondents (51%) believe their gender is the culprit. Among workers outside of the tech world, 45% of female employees think so, compared to 54% in tech, a larger portion.