A Small Business Administration report says 30% of employees admit to stealing from their employers. Every organization needs policies and procedures in place to curtail internal theft. Test your company’s efforts by answering the following questions:
- Is incoming merchandise checked against purchase orders and invoices?
- Are all storage rooms locked? If so, are keys restricted to only a few designated employees?
- Does someone supervise employees when they receive supplies?
- Is access to each part of your plant or office restricted to employees who have a reason to be there?
- Do you spread responsibility for major transactions so that they are not controlled by one employee?
- Are employees in sensitive jobs asked to lock desks and files when they’re away from their offices?
- Are visitors always escorted to the person they came to see?
- Does your handbook include a statement on theft of property?
- Are all employees expected to abide by the same security rules?
- Are infractions investigated thoroughly?
- Are disciplinary actions proportional to the crime?
If you answered “No” to any of these questions, you should examine and revise your company’s security measures.