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NCJ Number: 200364 Find in a Library
Title: Reducing Employee Dishonesty: In Search of the Right Strategy
Journal: Security Journal  Volume:16  Issue:2  Dated:2003  Pages:31-48
Author(s): Martin Speed
Date Published: 2003
Page Count: 18
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Employee dishonesty is the focus of this article on loss prevention in the United Kingdom.
Abstract: Many factors may contribute to employees being tempted into dishonesty in the work place. Most retailers rely on either control or support approaches in preventing dishonesty among their employees. In order to assess the value of the two approaches, an attitude survey was sent to non-managerial employees working in the retail outlet of a United Kingdom company. Results from the survey indicate that younger employees thought that dishonesty was more prevalent among employees in a similar position to themselves and cited being concerned about losing their jobs as a reason to stay honest in the workplace. Additionally, the longer an employee had been employed by the company, the more certain the employee was that he or she could get away with acting dishonestly. Offender records for the company surveyed indicated that younger and newly started employees were more frequently caught for dishonesty than were older and long-term employees. Control and support strategies rely on different factors for effectiveness and controlling employee dishonesty relies on finding the right strategy for the right group of employees. Tables, figures, notes
Main Term(s): Employee theft; Loss controls
Index Term(s): Corporate crimes; Crime costs; Crime patterns; Crime prediction; Employer-employee relations; United Kingdom (UK)
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