The Wall Street Journal posted a great article on the rise of employee theft as a result of the recession. You can read the entire article on MSN’s Money page here. The article reports that ‘New research shows that employers are seeing an increase in internal crimes, ranging from fictitious sales transactions and illegal kickbacks to the theft of office equipment and retail products meant for sale to customers.’ The article also mentions that ‘To many employers’ chagrin, the workers guilty of the most grandiose theft frequently turn out to be those deemed to be highly trustworthy’.
We have seen a dramatic increase in internal theft while in the field and expect to see a continued increase in 2009, especially in employees who rely on tips for a large part of their salary. Many hotels have been forced to dramatically reduce the number of hours as occupancy declines and many of the hotel restaurants have slowed down. Many employees are now really struggling to make what they made in the past and most cannot afford to take a pay cut and still pay their monthly expenses. Continue reading