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Employee theft and organizational climate

Employee theft and organizational climate

Personnel Journal 58(10): 686-8, 714

Reduction of internal theft is a major problem facing management. The cost of employee theft is alleged to exceed national losses from burglary and robbery by several million dollars. Employee theft will increase as workers are alienated by insensitive, cold management styles and organization; the trend can be reversed only by eliminating causes of worker discontent and maladjustment. "White collar crime" is committed across social class lines, according to research studies. "Blue collar crime" has been defined as criminal activity against employers by individual salaried employees; this group makes up the majority of the workforce. This larger employee group steals because of on-the-job irritations including: low pay, feeling unappreciated, substandard working conditions, inordinately severe disciplinary actions, or resentment against the employer for allegedly unfair or inconsistent policies. The organizational climate is crucial; when an organization and its workers have congruent objectives and goals and are mutually supportive, employee theft will be minimal.

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