Staff stealing from an employer is a serious breach of trust, and not acceptable under any circumstances.
Whether it’s taking a few notepads and pens from the stationery cupboard, money going missing from a till, stock removed from the warehouse, to an outright attempt to defraud your employer, any of these actions constitutes theft and is unacceptable behavior regardless of the individual’s motives.
Investigating a Stealing Employee
When employees are caught stealing, or when having confessed to stealing, research has shown that many employees cite the fact that the company made it so easy to steal and, therefore, the temptation was too good to resist, even though their overall ethical beliefs would know that stealing from their employer was wrong.
The surprising fact would seem to be that many employees who have been caught stealing at work were not under any financial pressures to do so. Many state that having seen other members of staff, some of them in management roles helping themselves, and believed it was perfectly acceptable for them to do the same.
In other instances, perceived injustices against them, feeling undervalued or the way they’ve been treated by their bosses have also been given as reasons why they have stolen from employers.