For some unexplained reason, I've just been sent a press release (from an interior design company) about pilfering from the office and thought it might make a good bit of forum chat fodder... (lights blue touch-paper and retires to safe distance...)
PRESS RELEASE - For immediate use: 10th December 2010
Survey reveals over three quarters of employees have stolen from workplace
76% of employees have stolen from their place of work according to a recent survey conducted by office design company Maris Interiors. Men are particularly light-fingered, with an astonishing 82% admitting to helping themselves, compared to 71% of women surveyed.
The stationery cupboard was hardest hit, with pens (60%) and printer paper (42%) being the most commonly pilfered. Stamps (31%), mugs (28%) and toilet paper (24%) were also frequently taken items. The stapler – often thought of as a frequent target of office thieves – was only taken by 6% of those surveyed.
One in 20 employees admitted to having taken more valuable items – ranging from printer toner to laptops. More unusual items declared included chairs and office plants, even filing cabinets, carpet tiles and entire desks.
Maris Interiors Chairman Michael Howard said “We all know that the stationery cupboard suffers a bit – but we were extremely surprised that the numbers were quite so high. The mind boggles why someone would take their desk home – not to mention quite how they managed it!”
Top 5 most commonly stolen items:
Post-it notes (34%)
Computer software (31%)