Handling Employee Theft

By Graydon Clarke

Employee theft is always a touchy subject to deal with, and dealing with a thief can backfire on the employer if it is not done with great care.

Restaurant blog The Back Burner has posted some excellent tips on how to confront an employee who is stealing.

The overall key seems to be to find ways to keep your staff rallied around you and the shop, rather than identifying with the thief. Doing this depends on your ability to gain adequate proof, to discipline correctly, and to communicate the situation to your staff in the right way.

Accusing someone of stealing based on suspicion – even if it’s well founded – could lead your staff to empathize with the thief. Regaining your employees’ trust back after a situation like this can be tough.

Avoiding the theft in the first place is the best defense. One of the first steps, of course, is to take a close look at your hiring process, and how to identify candidates with the right kind of character.


Posted on Tue, Jun 28, 2011 @ 14:06 PM.
Updated on April 26, 2019 @ 3:32 PM PST.

Posted by Graydon Clarke

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Tags: loss prevention, point of sale, Restaurant Management

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