For many workers, their desk or cubicle at work is home away from home. They adorn them with family photos, sports team mementos, coffee mugs with pithy sayings, cool calendars and other tchotchkes. While most workers feel pretty secure about leaving those things unguarded, your office supplies and other items might not be so safe.
According to a new survey by OfficeMax and Kelton Research, 42 percent of American workers polled admitted to “borrowing” supplies from co-workers and never returning them. Whether out of forgetfulness, thoughtlessness or downright maliciousness, it doesn’t seem like a big deal. A pen here. Some paperclips there. A pair of scissors. Maybe a red, Swingline stapler once in a while.
But what about when you really need something and you can’t find it? Then it becomes a bigger deal. At a previous job, someone swiped my sandwich from the break room refrigerator, took a huge bite and put it back in the bag. I guess the liverwurst and limburger cheese wasn’t very appetizing. I hope not.
Have you ever been the victim of an office pilferer? What’s the weirdest item that’s been lifted from your work area? Do “sticky fingers” at work tick you off or is it just part of life at the office?
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