Dishonest behaviour increased, the more distant and anonymous the communication method became
By Telegraph Reporters 14 June 2020 • 8:30pm
Female food blogger using laptop and working from home
Female food blogger using laptop and working from home Credit: Getty Images
Women are more likely than men to lie to their bosses when working from home, according to new research.
The study found women were more likely to be completely dishonest if their communication with someone is distant and even anonymous.
Volunteers were asked to flip a coin four times and tell researchers what side it landed on. Each time the coin landed on tails the participants received a monetary reward.
The communication channels used to inform the researchers differed – either no technology was used, for example face-to-face, or it was increasingly ‘distant’ or ‘anonymous’, for instance ’web-based’.
The study found women communicating remotely from home were four time more likely than men to report a coin landing on tails.
Study co-author Dr Julian Conrads, of the University of Cologne in Germany, said: “The research reveals that an individual’s lying cost may be affected by social distance concerns, and this effect seems to be more pronounced for women than men when it comes to lying to the full extent.
“Women – communicating remotely from home – were more likely to report landing on tails for four times compared to men.”
The researchers said the study was important to organisations as bosses decide which communication channel to rely on when organising communication among employees – especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr Conrads said: “As face-to-face communication is unavailable due to most employees working remotely, the next best thing is video conferencing rather than chat.
“Dishonest behaviour was prevalent in all experimental treatments but increased as the method of communication became more distant and anonymous.”
The study was published in the Journal of Behavioural and Experimental