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Stationery wreaks havoc in the workplace

  • Nearly a quarter (24%) of employees have stolen stationery items from their workplace
  • This flies in the face of in spite of fears it could lead to an employer warning, disciplinary procedures, getting fired, or even a criminal prosecution
  • 10% of workers have suffered injuries as a result of stationery
  • Stationery items will be redundant in the next few years however, according to nearly half (48%) of the population
Office Genie’s online research found that seemingly simple stationery is causing all manner of issues in Britain’s workplaces.
The data calculated millions fall victim to stationery-related injuries[1] and just under a quarter of staff (24%) are pinching stationery items from under their bosses’ noses.
Yet these problems may not even exist in the next ten or more years if stationery becomes redundant in the modern workplace, as 48% of people think it will.
The East of England has the biggest culprits when it comes to workplace theft, with 34% admitting to it – they also had the highest rate for stationery-induced injuries at 16%! Workers in Wales are the least likely to partake in stealing items of stationery: joint with the East Midlands at 17%.
In terms of industry, a whopping 45% of people in the creative sector have stolen stationery items, making them the worst offenders.
Comparatively and perhaps not surprisingly, only 19% of law professionals said they had stolen stationery – the lowest on the list after the Energy and Utilities sector (10%).
Those that admit to stealing stationery do it in spite of thinking there could be a number of outcomes, ranging from minor to major.
While 33% think nothing would occur as a result, the majority think it could lead to a warning from their employer (53%). Formal disciplinary procedures (21%), being fired (13%), and even a criminal prosecution (7%) are also conceivable consequences.
The five most common items to steal are: pens, envelopes, Post-Its, markers/highlighters, and sticky tape.
The research was conducted online on
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