You probably aren't shocked that 20% of workers steal office supplies, as a new Spherion® Workplace Snapshot Survey reports, but you may be shocked by some of the other findings. How about this one: Employees earning more than $75,000 per year steal more than those making less than $35,000!
The most items most likely to be pilfered are pens and pencils, rulers, paper, file folders, and Post-Its®.
Reasons given for the workplace thievery included "because I needed it" (41%), "because the boss/manager said it was OK to do it" (32%), and the ever-popular "the company will never miss it" (15%).
Younger workers (18 to 25) were more than twice as likely to steal (25%) than workers 65 and over (9%). Older workers were also most likely to feel it is wrong to take company items for personal use, with 83% expressing that sentiment.
And financial need doesn't seem to play a part. As mentioned, 23% of respondents earning more than $75,000 a year reported taking things, while only 11% of those earning $15,000 to $34,000 annually have stolen from their workplace.