How many crimes do you think are committed within the
workplace each year? Amazingly, many ‘white collar’ crimes are committed on a
daily basis and plenty of people are happy to turn a blind eye to these events,
petty pilfering of pens or pads from the office stationery cupboard is a
Whilst there’s no excuse for any type of crime in the
workplace, you could maybe forgive somebody if they ‘borrowed’ a highlighter
pen one evening, but this could be a different matter if more serious acts are
committed that have a detrimental impact on the business.
Take personnel management scams as an example. These happen
more frequently than you might imagine and this costs the UK industry millions
of pounds in lost revenue each year.
Whilst some of these instances are more heinous than others,
any type of fraud committed within a business is going to have a negative
impact on general operations and these crimes take many shapes.
Classic examples of fraudulent activity include:
- Abusing Company Computer
- Misusing Time
- Abusing Flexible Work
- Taking Advantage of
Company Sick Leave Schemes
In theory, staff should be made aware of their company’s
computer usage policy as part of their induction package. Most businesses have
a set policy in place that clearly outlines the terms of computer usage at
work, anyone found in breach of these terms could be guilty of misconduct at
work, and disciplined accordingly. People sometimes find it difficult to stick
to the rules and regulations though. You find them clicking on social media
sites or surfing the net looking for ecommerce bargains, when they should
really be focused on their work.
Misuse of Time
Getting in late, leaving early, taking too long over lunch
or having extended breaks during the day are classic examples of misuse of time
at work. Most companies base their business on a set working pattern, they rely
on staff to complete their allocated hours and when people aren’t pulling their
weight or sticking to set working pattern, this has a detrimental impact on the
Flexible Work Policies
Some companies provide flexible working options where
employees can start late and finish late, come in earlier and go home earlier,
picking and choosing the time they spend at work. This is fine as long as they
make up their allocated hours and from time to time, workers take advantage of
this flexible working arrangement to the detriment of the organisation.
Sick Pay When Fit For Work
This has to be one of the most serious incidents of
personnel management fraud. People get sick. They sign off work and take
advantage of their company’s sick leave package. Amazingly though, they are
more than capable of returning to their duties and just fancy a little break!
In the most severe cases, people are paid for being on sick
leave but they have another job working for a different company, which really
rubs salt in the wounds.
Fraud investigation is a useful intervention in these
instances. If you suspect somebody isn’t quite as ill as they seem, gather
intelligence about the person in question and you have a source of proof to
confront them with.
Focus Training, we provide fraud and investigation solutions to businesses
including intelligence analysis and investigation skills. Click here to load our
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