SURVEY REVEALS OVER THREE QUARTERS OF EMPLOYEES HAVE STOLEN FROM WORKPLACE
December 10 2010.

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!"

Here in the UK motorcycle trade and industry we are of course graced with a totally loyal and honest workforce. But count the desks before you lock up tonight anyway...