HR Strange But True!
March 31, 2009

If employees are leaving your company, you may want to make sure they don't take a bagful of loot with them, because 27 percent of adults admit that they have taken something that didn't belong to them when leaving a previous job, according to a survey by MassMutual.

The survey found that the most frequently taken items include:

  • Office supplies (75 percent)
  • Plants and flowers (18 percent)
  • Furnishings such as paintings, chairs, desks, and lamps (14 percent)
  • Clients (11 percent)
  • Business associates (7 percent)

At the bottom of the list is toilet paper. We know times are tough, but toilet paper? Yes, toilet paper. Four percent of employees who admitted swiping something on their way out the door said they took toilet paper.

The survey included more than 2,100 respondents.

MassMutual conducted the survey as a way to tout portable supplemental disability income insurance. The survey found that 39 percent of respondents have some form of disability income insurance, with one-quarter of this group  having portable supplemental disability income insurance. The majority (75 percent) of this group purchased coverage through their employers' group insurance plan, which is discontinued when  their employment ends.

Source: MassMutual

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