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‘Where did all the pens go?’ Getting a handle on petty theft

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A pen here, a stack of Post-It notes there—employees bringing home items from work for personal use or to supplement their kid’s school box may not initially seem like a big deal. But think for a moment about multiple individuals repeatedly swiping things, and it’s easy to see how a costly mess can develop quickly.

Why workers take items

What makes people who wouldn’t dream of shoplifting a ream of paper from the local Office Depot think your supply closet is fair game?

Takers often don’t equate what they’re doing with stealing. Though an occasional employee may grab a big-ticket item (believe it or not, some companies have reported instances of chair theft), most things that make their way out the door are relatively inexpensive and easy to hide. The act becomes rationalized as “no big deal,” especially if stealers know colleagues do the same and the odds of getting caught are slim.

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