Office theft 'not stealing' say employees

29-09-2006

Office theft 'not stealing' say employees
While for most people office theft amounts to swiping the odd biro, a new report has found that large numbers of staff are stealing data from their workplaces.

Although 60 per cent of workers admit to having removed items from the office, around 37 per cent of male workers believe that when it comes to stealing data such as confidential documents, customer databases and business contacts, it's acceptable.

The research from PC security company Prefix IT also found that more than half of the 1,000 respondents thought that companies expected things to go "walk-about", while 49 per cent of those aged between 16 and 24 did not think workplace theft was "stealing".

When it came to data theft, many employees had few qualms, especially the men, with 18 per cent of male workers admitting to taking business contact details, 15 per cent admitting to removing confidential documents and 37 per cent believing that sales contacts are "rightfully theirs".

"Clearly, many employees do not see company theft as stealing and do not apply any 'moral brakes' to such activities," said CEO of Prefix Graeme Pitts-Drake.



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