Truth about Employee Theft:
5 Myths that Deter Resolution
theft is the leading cause of loss in the retail and
restaurant industry. Although, in theory people enjoy
the discussion, in practice the confrontation can be
discomforting. No employer wants to “believe” that their
employees have stolen from them. Often that discomfort
helps to create certain myths about employee theft.
In psychology there is something called the
“self-confirming” hypothesis. That is we only attend to
the information that supports what we already believe.
In an investigation that means we seek out only the
evidence that supports our theory and ignore the pieces
that don’t fit.
This is often the case in our beliefs on employee theft.
It is far easier to believe that only “bad” people
steal. The problem with that belief is not whether it is
valid, but whether we are using the proper definition of
This eBook contains some of the most common "myths" or
beliefs that companies hold in evaluating the level of
employee theft in their organization.