Stealing from work are you?
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:
Pens (60%)Posted 7 years ago
Post-it notes (34%)
Computer software (31%)
I have liberated the occasional pen from the stationary cupboard, I do make up for it though as I normally write with a fountain pen which I bought myself and buy my own ink for aswell. Although my worst crime is that my toolkit contains quite a few items that technically belong to previous employers.Posted 7 years agokaesaeMember
I can picture Yoda’s responce to this outrage already!
Stealing from work are you? Kick your ass, I will!
I’ve had a thought, just a random one, that has flickered through my minds eye!
That I now feel the urge to voice.
Are we to believe that these individuals are thieves, but not liars? 😯
Surely! the very nature of the survey and the fact that anyone steeling will also be capable of lying, this survey is illogical and not worth conducting 😀
Or is my reasoning fundamentally flawed, as always!Posted 7 years agoElfinsafetyMember
At a bike shop I worked in, the company boss would ‘overlook’ us taking the odd innertube/bit of cable/nuts and bolts, even though these items were all ‘stock’. His philosophy was that if he allowed staff to ‘pinch’ these essential items now and then, then we wouldn’t nick other stuff. As long as we told the manager, an innertube or whatever now and then was ok. Kept us happy.
It is a policy that works; in another shop, I couldn’t even have a cable aglet without paying for it. So staff nicked loads. Proving the theory that if you allow a little bit of light ‘pilfering’ by consent, then people will have a bit more respect.Posted 7 years agoPeterPoddyMember
This is small stuff!
I’ve worked in the concrete/aggregates business for many years now. The bloke that was a plant foreman at the firm I used to work for was on a pretty big scam: We were supplying concrete for the A331 Blackwater Valley road, which was to the tune of about 80,000m3 of concrete. A lot in otherwords. The contractor (McAlpine) were laid the road on a very thick concrete slab, in chunks of 100-300m3 a day becasue of poor ground conditions. He was creaming off a small amount of cement/aggregate from each load during the day (Manual batch plant, no computer records…) and doing 20-40m3 concrete pours in the evenings to other local firms, for cash. The mixer drivers took a cut, he took a cut….
He told me a few years later that he more than doubled his wage for at least a year doing that, and once an area manager came round and said “We know you’re fiddling. PLEASE can you stop it!”
100% Gods honest truth, that….Posted 7 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
I used to do shelf stacking work at Sainsburys about the time I was doing A levels. Most of the guys there were in the same boat, students like me, most of whom wouldn’t stay longer than about 6 months.
The amount of theft that went on was staggering – people helping themselves to food from the chillers out the back, “accidently” dropping something so it then had to be disposed of due to a damaged lid or something. Fruit was a common and easy one as well.
One of the night cleaners used to get bottles of milkshake and hide them in the cleaning cupboard so he could have a drink during the night.
Checkouts and alcohol were much more carefully regulated and monitored with CCTV, even 15 years ago.Posted 7 years agospokeblokeMember
In the early nineties I worked for six months in a factory that made small diesel engines. On the test bed (where I worked) there was a never ending supply of diesel which disappeared nightly in 5ltr bottles. 95% of the staff had diesel cars….
This was normal – there were some that took it further with diesel engined lawnmowers etc. Then they moaned that the company wasn’t doing well and it was the management’s fault. Now bust….Posted 7 years agoJacksonPollockMember
Maris Interiors Chairman Michael Howard
Wonder if this is ‘the’ Michael Howard trying to undermine the current Tory stance (well Ken Clarkes anyway) of ‘Prison doesn’t work’?….
…”Look at how many common criminals there are! They all need locking up! Its no wonder the country is in the state it is in”! 😆Posted 7 years ago
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