One of the most effective leads to follow when conducting an employee theft investigation are ones that come directly from employees. Employees are more likely than you or a manager to see what their co-workers are doing. They can tell if they work hard when you are and are not around. They might also know more about an employee’s personal issues like a financial hardship.
As a result, your employees might be more likely to notice employee theft before you will. Unfortunately employee theft tips are hard to generate.
The employees do not want to feel like they are giving bad information about someone. As such, they need to have absolute faith in you- faith that they can trust you and you will keep their confidence and not make them out to be a tattle -tale later on.
One way to help facilitate this garnering of information is to find a way to allow the employees to remain anonymous when they disseminate the information to you. If you have the resources to set up a phone number that allows for anonymous reports, that is one of the best ways to set up a way for employees to leave their tips.
Another way is to create a locked box in a break room, or attached to a manager’s office. It can be labeled as a suggestion box, as long as employees are aware that employee theft tips can be left there too. Lastly, nothing else compares to having employees trust you enough to tell you directly what is going on. The more you instill trust and confidence in your employees, the more likely they will be to come to you with their suspicions.
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