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|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/04/2003

Stealing from the hand that feeds

I am writing in response to the article “Stealing from the hand that feeds” (Nov. 6, 2000). It contained a great deal of interesting information, but I felt that the advice it offered was inadequate. Trying to find out which employees are stealing from you and setting traps to catch them is like locking the barn door after the horse is stolen. This approaches the problem from the wrong end. A much better and less costly solution is not to hire them in the first place. There are proven and effective ways to do this.

The question to be asked is “why do people steal.” Employees who steal have a different mindset from the rest of us. To be sure, there are some who steal because they are desperate, but studies have shown that the vast majority steal because they see nothing wrong with it and it is perfectly justifiable in their minds.