Report: Workers aren’t just stealing pens and paper clips anymore
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It’s a fact of the working world: Employees like to grab things out of the company’s supply closet for personal use. But they may be taking a lot more than most employers realize.
Almost one fifth of all employees admit to taking supplies, according to a survey by Spherion. Mostly, it’s pens, paper, folders, etc. No surprise there, but here’s the kicker: 8% said they’ve taken higher priced items like laptops, PDAs and cell phones. That’s up from 3% last year.
Why do people steal? Of the people who admitted to grabbing items:
- 33% said their boss said it was OK
- 18% said the company will never miss them, and
- 42% said simply that they needed the items.
Nevertheless, 76% of the survey’s respondents said they thought it was wrong to take supplies. The study doesn’t mention how many thought it was wrong but did it anyway.