Yesterday at work I was faced with a very distinct choice. Do the wrong (and very tempting) thing and likely get away with it? Or do the right thing and come clean.
Here's what happened. I arrived at work yesterday morning with my pay stub sitting on my desk. I wasn't too interested in looking at it, since I knew this was going to be my first pay period with only 2 days of work on it (usually it's 3 days every two weeks, but ocassionally it works out to only 2 -- this was the first time that has happened).
But I opened it up anyway...and I instantly noticed that instead of only paying me for working 2 days, they paid me for working 3. My boss had submitted the wrong hours.
The struggle that was happening inside of me was a tough one. I knew that this was an error that would likely go unnoticed. I was sure that I could take this extra money and no one would be the wiser. Besides, I'm a good loyal worker and I'm sure I'm underpaid for my 7 years of service to the company...right? Well, whether or not that last sentence is true, it is irrelevant in this situation.
Early in the afternoon (yes, it took me a good 6 hours to come clean), I took my pay stub into my boss' office and told him that they made an error and paid me for an extra day.
Was this an easy decision? No.
Did I consider walking away with the extra money? Yes.
Would I have been able to sleep last night if I had? No.
Did I do the right thing? Definitely.
Do I regret it? Not a bit.
It was my moment of truth...and I claimed the honesty policy and held onto it tightly.