Stealing Office Supplies For School? People are doing it more than ever!
9 Popular Office Supplies Stolen Each Year For Back To School Lists
Brace yourself, it’s back-to-school season, and some folks are treating the office supply room like a shopping spree.
Sneaky parents are swiping staplers, pens, and sticky notes faster than you can say “detention.”
Desperate to check off those school lists without breaking the bank, these modern-day pirates are stocking up on sticky fingers instead of sticky notes. While we can’t endorse this office heist trend, it’s hard not to smirk at the audacity.
More than half (56%) of people admit to taking supplies from work for their personal use at home, according to an OfficeMax survey of 600 working Americans.
And we’re not just talking just about dipping into the supply closet. More than four in ten (42%) confess they’ve actually taken supplies from a co-workers and never returned them. With thieving colleagues surrounding them, it’s no wonder two-third of workers say they hide their most-loved office supplies in a special drawer or other hiding place.
According to a survey by Banner Business Services in the United Kingdom, stolen office supplies cost British companies $2 billion pounds per year. That amounts to $3.045 billion USD. Two-thirds of the respondents freely admitted to stealing from their workplace.
But Stealing Office Supplies For School?
In any given year, over 50% of American workers admit to “borrowing” – and then never returning – from the office. Note to people: this is also called stealing.
The U.S. Department of Commerce estimates that employee theft in the United States amounts to $50 billion annually. That includes stealing time, money , merchandise, information and office supplies.
They also estimate that that roughly 75% of employees have stolen at least once.
“While no studies have proven it, much anecdotal evidence points to a great shift in pens, pencils, binders, folders, erasers and other office supplies from America’s workplaces to America’s classrooms as students return from summer break,” according to an article from Business Management Daily. “Also, in late November and December, some companies report a surprising disappearance of Scotch tape.”
Here are 9 Popular Office Supplies Stolen Each Year For Back To School Lists