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4 months ago · by · 5 comments

How to combat Employee Theft and Avoid Hefty Insurance Hikes

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Employee theft is anything but harmless.

It is a problem of considerable size for many companies.

Many corporate security experts estimate that 25% to 40% of all employees steal from their employers.

The U.S. Department of Commerce estimates that employee theft of cash, property, and merchandise may cost American businesses as much as $50 billion annually.

Not only does employee theft detract from potential profit and destroy trust, but it may actually increase insurance rates due to the loss of inventory, clients or even liability should data fall into the wrong hands.

Unfortunately, almost every small-business owner is likely to confront employee theft at some point and time.

Follow the three tips below to reduce the risk of employee theft, maintain profits and avoid insurance rate hikes:

Proper Screening

Whether you use an internal system or work with a third-party vendor to screen employees, preventing a problem from taking place is the best way to deal with employee theft. Positions that deal with sensitive data or expensive items may require an additional security clearance or bonding.

Security

Proper security goes beyond a few door locks. It may involve computer encryption, asset management, the phone and email surveillance, or even simple inventory controls. Depending upon the position, job duties and type of industry served, you should compare the cost of implementing security features against the potential damages in the event of a loss.

It may involve computer encryption, asset management, the phone and email surveillance, or even simple inventory controls. Depending upon the position, job duties and type of industry served, you should compare the cost of implementing security features against the potential damages in the event of a loss.

Depending upon the position, job duties and type of industry served, you should compare the cost of implementing security features against the potential damages in the event of a loss.

Communication

Employee theft is often associated with other underlying issues, such as substance abuse problems, mental or emotional health issues, or even anger control concerns. Have a written plan in place to address these concerns, then implement it equally. It is also important to have clearly defined job descriptions and protocols in place for access to critical information such as client lists or inventory.

Have a written plan in place to address these concerns, then implement it equally. It is also important to have clearly defined job descriptions and protocols in place for access to critical information such as client lists or inventory. Ask us how to write your employee theft plan today.

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Comments

  1. Emma says:

    So sad to think that someone you employ is capable of abusing your trust but it’s obviously very prevalent. Great to have procedures in place to take action as soon as it’s discovered or even prevent it in the first place!

  2. Kristi says:

    Internal theft is a huge problem! When I worked it retail years ago, it was the number one source of lost revenue. In my Human Resources experience, it was a big problem too! I think the tips you mentioned about proper screening and security is crucial for any company these days! Great tips!

  3. It’s really amazing how much goes into running a business that you’d never think of.

  4. Danay says:

    Great post and excellent tips. As an employer it’s always a fear that someone will steal your customer list or trade secrets as well as physical items.

  5. Blair villanueva says:

    Thanks for your tips. It is important to have proper communication and good security device for this matter.

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