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When shoplifters are your own employees

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While managers and business owners are busy trying to catch shoplifters, it’s perhaps their own employees they should be worried about most.

It’s not a good idea to admit this, I know, but I’ve been guilty of thieving from a couple of employers. Never money, of course. That would be unconscionable. Just the odd item here and there: continental breakfast trays when working at a hotel; bottles of wine when working at a function centre. Nothing you’d call the police over but enough to warrant instant dismissal if caught.

Stealing the odd continental breakfast at work? Credit:Peter Braig

Before you judge my flawed history as an adolescent worker, bear in mind employee pilferage is not only about the stealing of goods. For lots of employees, their preferred method of workplace theft extends to the robbing of time such as the taking of extra breaks, the avoidance of customers and the chucking of sickies. Suddenly the net is cast much wider among those guilty of such practices.

So why do so many of us do it to such a degree it apparently costs businesses........

© The Age