A recent CareerBuilder survey found that more and more companies are firing employees for office theft. The survey of of more than 2,200 workers, including 1,000 hiring managers found that 38% have had to fire employees with sticky fingers. Items these sticky-fingered employees like to lift include: office supplies (15%), money (14%) and merchandise (11%). Healthcare, IT and Manufacturing had the highest amount of workers engaged in office theft, while Retail, Sales and Hospitality had the lowest.
The survey also found that how companies handle employee theft varies widely as well. Forty-five percent would automatically terminate someone for stealing from the company, 48 percent said it would depend on the object and situation, and 7 percent said they would not fire the culprit.