Lunch & Learn Event

Two construction workers with iPad -Canv

Lessons from Behavioral Science about Workplace Honesty 

OCT 10



A subcontractor with about 200 employees recently claimed that his business loses about a quarter-million dollars a year due to dishonest reporting by his employees in their time cards. It may sound like his employees are mostly crooks. However, such losses are not inconceivable even for an average business with employees that are very honest. All it takes is a slight inflation of the hours reported by each employee (an average of 5-minutes each day for the sub).

Individually, each such small dishonesty has a minimal impact on a business. However, collectively, their impact on the finance and the culture of the business can be significant.  Some trust their employees to be honest, unaware that honesty is an attribute that is constantly changing.  Some take extreme measures that are often counterproductive.  Most remain somewhere in the middle.


At this event, we will present the latest on the behavioral science of honesty. We will talk about how unlikely culprits, ranging from being tired to thinking about money, influences honesty.  We will discuss how small but subtle changes in business processes can lead to more honest reporting and a better workforce outcome. While at it, we will marvel at human psychology, and we may have some fun doing our own experiment on behavioral psychology.

Date and Time

Thursday, Oct 10, 2019

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM PDT


The University Club Atop Symphony Towers


SUITE 3400

San Diego, CA 92101-8114