Alana S. Pickett
Grand Canyon University
Principles of Industrial/Organizational Psychology
August 19, 2013
As companies continue to grow and profit, employees are seizing opportunities to gain profit as well. Every industry is being impacted by employee theft. Although there is statistical data that provides a multitude of motivating factors why an employee will commit theft, no one really knows the mindset of the employee. Ingram (1994) stated that “most employees see stealing as an unofficial compensation and a justifiable pay back for what is viewed as employer greed.” However, there is no one factor more significant than the other as to why an employee you trust would come to work, do the job given, then steal from the company. Quite frankly, it doesn’t matter how much precaution an employer takes, whether it be loss-prevention plans, pre-employment assessments or high-tech solutions, even an honest employee will commit theft at some point. Truthfully, what does a thief, really look like? The status of an employee, length of employment, age or gender, is not found to predict employee theft. As the economy continues to shift, businesses will continue to see shortages, indicative of theft, it has become just a part of doing business. Every business knows that losses will occur whether it is due to economics or employee theft. In this case study, a discussion of the circumstances of the theft, how it should be handled and measures taken to minimize the idea that employees can take what they can get away with taking.
As a manager, one of our roles is to do our best to bring aboard ethical and truthful people whose main goal is to help with the success of the company. There is no reason to believe your employees are thieves without substantial evidence. However, an employee can perceive theft as acceptable behavior based on management’s attitude about it. According to Holt (1993), “declining morals and ethical standards of the younger...
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