It would be naive to think fraud doesn’t exist within the
workplace. Some cases are petty, others are complex - regardless of the scale
or the scope of the fraud; this is still a criminal act.
Workplace crimes cost UK companies millions of pounds in
lost revenue each year. This doesn’t even take into consideration the cost of
trying to combat the act of fraud each year, or the training required to tackle
and prevent fraudulent acts against the company.
It takes many guises and fraud within the workplace is a
disease that’s dishonest, deceitful and a huge drain on business resources. The
big question is how do you tackle this type of crime and what exactly does
workplace fraud consist of?
Understanding the different types of white collar crimes can
be a useful exercise. The more you know about fraud the better equipped you are
to tackle the problem and hopefully, eliminate it from your workplace culture.
committed within the workplace
Have you ever helped yourself to a pen or a jotter pad from
the office stationery cupboard and taken that home with you? Don’t blush, this
is a classic example of petty office theft and it’s more common than you might
think. Petty acts of fraud might seem
trivial to some people, the more this happens though, the bigger the drain this
is on the company. Classic examples include:
Taking supplies from work home with you
Using work phone for private calls
Sneaking off work early
Taking too long for lunch
Arriving to work late
Using office equipment for personal use
(photocopying documents etc)
Sending private emails on company time
Have you done any of the above recently? A high percentage
of workers wouldn’t think twice about committing any of these minor acts. They
would view this as a perk of the job little realising the dishonesty involved
with their actions.
Petty pilfering and a slight bending of company rules might
not seem to be fraudulent at the time, if you took a step back though and
thought about your actions and the consequences this would bring, there’s a
good chance you’d think twice before you committed such acts.
acts of workplace fraud
Taking a pen home with you at night might not seem like the
crime of the century but technically, your boss could view this in a slightly
different way. Most working cultures accept this type of behaviour. It’s when
crimes are more devious and involve a higher level of deception that serious
acts of frauds take place.
Examples of this include:
- Theft of intellectual
property by the individual
- Passing business details
to rival companies
- Giving sensitive client
information to the criminal fraternity
- Altering data stored on
- Impersonating other people
by cloning their details and setting up false accounts
- Stealing from the company
and concealing the action
Of course, set procedures have to be adhered to if you
suspect somebody at work is guilty of committing acts of fraud. Internal and
external investigations are one option to consider. This would undoubtedly
incorporate some aspect of fraud investigation interviewing and for this
special training would be required.
We can assist in this area at Focus Training. We deliver
target driven tuition that helps you acquire the skills and knowledge you need
to successfully combat fraud within the workplace.