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Survey Reveals Over Three Quarters of Employees Have Stolen From Workplace

posted 20 Dec 2010, 05:47 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 20 Dec 2010, 05:49 ]

LONDON, December 20, 2010/PRNewswire/ -- 76% of employees have stolen from their place of work according to a recent survey conducted by office design company Maris Interiors. Men are particularly light-fingered, with an astonishing 82% admitting to helping themselves, compared to 71% of women surveyed. 

The stationery cupboard was hardest hit, with pens (60%) and printer paper (42%) being the most commonly pilfered. Stamps (31%), mugs (28%) and toilet paper (24%) were also frequently taken items. The stapler - often thought of as a frequent target of office thieves - was only taken by 6% of those surveyed. 

One in twenty employees admitted to having taken more valuable items - ranging from printer toner to laptops. More unusual items declared included chairs and office plants, even filing cabinets, carpet tiles and entire desks. 

Maris Interiors Chairman Michael Howard said "We all know that the stationery cupboard suffers a bit - but we were extremely surprised that the numbers were quite so high. The mind boggles why someone would take their desk home - not to mention quite how they managed it!" 


1. Maris Interiors LLP is the UK's leading specialist in workplace design and creation. The company design and create world class working environments for occupiers throughout the UK and continental Europe. Their team of experts have extensive and in-depth knowledge of how good design can substantially improve business performance, save vast amounts of money and help retain and attract key people. 

2. 370 people participated in the survey, conducted between 10th - 17th November 2010. 

3. Top 5 most commonly stolen items: 

    Pens (60%)
    Paper (42%)
    Post-it notes (34%)
    Computer software (31%)
    Stamps (31%)


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Source: Maris Interiors LLP