One of the most frequent questions I get from clients is how do I start and employee theft investigation? They are more familiar with the steps to take after they know which direction to go, and who to be looking at as possible employee theft suspects. Where to start, and who is raising a red flag, is often more difficult to figure out.
I tend to get a lot of leads through watching my high theft items, and exception based reporting. Sometimes they pan out, but others end up being inconclusive, or a completely different scenario. One way that I have had absolute success with is employee tips. Every employee who has stepped forward to tell me that a co-worker was stealing has turned out to be positive.
Employee tips are hard to generate though. 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. Many companies have an employee tip line set up. It’s usually a 1-800 number that the employee can call from somewhere other than the store, where they won’t be overheard or tracked.
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