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Reducing Employee Dishonesty: In Search of the Right Strategy

NCJ Number
Security Journal Volume: 16 Issue: 2 Dated: 2003 Pages: 31-48
Martin Speed
Date Published
18 pages
Employee dishonesty is the focus of this article on loss prevention in the United Kingdom.
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


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