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How many of you steal from your employer?  Most of us think we don’t as long as we aren’t putting a box of paperclips in our purse at the end of the day.  But if you are on your computer, cell phone, company phone, etc. at work and have to hide what you‘re doing when the boss comes around, you are stealing time.  If you are getting paid for your time, you are then stealing money.  Think about it, and STOP!

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      Anonymous wrote Oct 23, 2008
    • My former boss used to steal from the company all the time, take parts off the cars for his own use, use the company mechanics to work on his vehicles at no charge during business hours, etc.  Pig.  

      As for me, nothing more than the occasional office supply.  Pens, using copy machine, etc.




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      Feathermaye wrote Oct 23, 2008
    • I used to be so bad about taking home office supplies that I now have more than I’ll ever know what to do with.

      Since we moved recently, this topic actually came up in discussion. I told my husband we‘re not even allowed to go to an Office Max, Staples or anything like that until we take an inventory at home.

      Interestingly, statistics show that at least 85% of people, under condition of anonymity, admit to ‘stealing’ office supplies. And, for the record, even just a pen qualifies! ;)




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      Bobbi Bacha wrote Oct 23, 2008
    • I would never even think of stealing from a employer, as an employer myself, I cant tell you how much it costs.  And when we run out of supplies it also cost more money to replace the stock and time off or away from office to go buy it.  

      Employers are getting hip to it and setting up cameras as I have done.  Its not to necessarily fire those who steal but to catch them and set an example to stop the rise of costs of supplies, computers, paper, pantry items, etc.  The list goes on.

      It troubles me to know so many will freely steal from employers. Knowing it costs the other employees raises, and is a loss of revenue and even could cost someone a job.

      If you do steal and have stolen it is a real problem and issue you must deal with because its not correct behavior.
      I wonder what types of persons can steal and it always surprises me as its normally the people that dont need to steal that does steal.  The people that do, have amazingly better upbringing or mentality towards stealing and dont steal.  

      My advise.. dont steal.  It only costs everyone more.




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      Feathermaye wrote Oct 23, 2008
    • I can’t find the more recent article I referred to with the 85% of people who ADMITTED to it, but here’s one from 2005 with a (still resounding) 67% admittance.

      And those are just the ones that own up to it.  

      I’m sure there are lots of folks who don’t consider pens, pencils and post-its to be ‘stealing‘.

      Sad, but true!




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      Bobbi Bacha wrote Oct 24, 2008
    • Just because the numbers of theft in the workplace are high and many admit to theft in the workplace, does not make it any less a crime.

      Employers go to great lengths, to catch workplace theft as it does effect the bottom line of the business, costs all of us billions.  Here is a recent article about workplace theft.  Its amazing how much it effects all of us.

      Workplace Theft

      Corporate malfeasance isn’t only practiced at the top: an estimated 79% of workers admit either stealing or consider stealing from their employer. And while we might never think that the stapler or legal pad we pilfer means anything, one out of every three businesses goes out of business because of employee theft, as reported by CNN. Even worse, the cheating culture has created an atmosphere that dissuades whistle blowers from coming forward and exposing this extremely pervasive practice that costs upwards to $600 billion a year.

      Why Do People Steal?

      Workplace theft is usually not out of need, but out of greed and contempt. Moreover, people believe that once they see their colleagues stealing and cutting corners, it is morally acceptable for them to do so as well.

      End




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      Feathermaye wrote Oct 24, 2008
    • I think we all admitted it was a crime, that’s what the whole ‘confessional’ theme of this thread was about.

      None of us rallied to the idea of taking a stapler. We just admitted that amongst those who stole, we were guilty at one point as well.

      But thank you for the extra bit of information.




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      Mary Clark wrote Oct 24, 2008
    • I can steal the pens from my employer....it’s good advertising.  We are encouraged to use them...take extra...give them out for other businesses and waiters and waitresses to use.  

      Also my company president doesn’t mind if we use the internet while we are at work as long as we do not let it interfere with waiting on a member.  That would be a big NO NO.

      And our health care only cost it’s employees for the middle type of insurance...$1 per pay period...which is bi-weekly.  

      The biggest thing we could steal from our employer is cold hard cash...and I don’t think that is going to happen.




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      Mary Clark wrote Oct 28, 2008
    • If I am given permission to use the internet on company time...or given permission to make that personal phone call on company time....or given permission to take that pen home, or make a personal photo copy for myself...then it’s not stealing.  

      It all depends on your employer.




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      Mary Clark wrote Oct 28, 2008
    • Well..I did walk out with a copier....LOL...

      (It was given to me by upper management though).LOL




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      Feathermaye wrote Oct 29, 2008
    • The original question did specify that if you have to “hide” what you are doing, then it could be considered stealing. I think that’s the difference that some have lost sight of.

      In our case, we‘re encouraged to take advantage of the internet access provided, since we are required to be “on the clock” as much as 65 hours a week. The wireless router that I hooked up in my office, so that my personal laptop and home computer could hit the internet, was provided by my district manager.  

      During the day, I bring my laptop into the office and use it during my down times, rather than one of the 2 computers provided by my company. We don’t have to “hide” our internet usage, although we‘re respectful enough to not surf craigslist while our DM is onsite.




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      Mary Clark wrote Oct 29, 2008
    • We do not have to hide it either....our president wants us to have access in case there are some who do not at home.  But we are just to make sure that NO MEMBER is ever not addressed or waited on due to internet usage by an employee unless they are conducting business which some of us have to go to the internet to complete our work.  

      It clearly depends on your employer.  If they do not like it..and you do it..then you are stealing.




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