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Solving Employee Theft: New Insights, New Tactics Paperback – August 4, 2008
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About the Author
James Wheeler Bassett received a B.A. in psychology from Lafayette College. He is a graduate of the Backster School of Lie Detection and a member of the American Society for Industrial Security, American Polygraph Association, American Association of Police Polygraphists, and the Florida Polygraph Association. Widely published in trade journals, his articles have focused on employee theft investigations, pre-employment screening, and polygraph testing. His website, www.TheftStopper.com, describes his questionnaires and services in detail. He and his wife, Linda, recently moved from Ohio to Florida.
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What this book covers is a set of solid solutions for combating crime in the workplace. Statistics indicate 10% of the people will never steal from you, no matter what, 10% will steal, no matter what, and 80% will steal depending on conditions. Also your most honest employees would rather leave an organization that is rampant with theft, than stay and take a chance on being blamed for it.
The author touches on subjects like thieves, in order to live with themselves, use excuses like, they think they are borrowing it from their employer, even though they never pay it back.
The company who has an exhaustive anti-theft program does a lot better than those without one. Part of that comprehensive program is more than cameras, but rather one on one interaction, in the way of interviews, and during that time, theft questioning is part of what is discussed. Did you see anyone stealing anything from this company? Etc. Often times employees observe others stealing, and then seeing nothing is being done about it, decide the path is clear to steal themselves.
The author also explains available tests that can help screen out those prone to stealing before they are hired and exposed to your merchandise. He also instructs you in interviewing techniques, as well as reference checking with prior employers, and how to get around their concerns of defamation of character law suits. Learning how to pry the answers out of others is more of a reading between the lines technique.
I like to believe that people are basically honest. Unfortunately, theft has also been glamorized. "It Takes a Thief" was a favorite TV show when I was growing up. The implication was that if you had the prowess and smarts of a thief, you could be accomplished at something as well. Robin Hood would steal from the rich and give to the poor. So everyone decides that every employer is rich and therefore deserves to be robbed, in order to give to the poor, and the poor is me. So I am a hero if I help myself to my "fair" share.
The book covers all of these topics. I highly recommend reading this book if you care about the continued success of your company, and the respect of your employees. I will warn you though, when the author explains the symptoms of a high employee theft environment, and you recognize the connection between those belief systems, and the rampant wholesale leaching of your inventory, or cash, you may want to utilize the rest of the chapters to put a lid on it. You deserve to have the self respect, and money that you spent so much of your time working for. Get the book.
The stories in here are great. You can totally feel that these little, simply-written tales are the result of professional experience. And they range from the petty (pocketing cash) to the more complicated (staging a fake armed robbery.)
- tons of information about polygraphs: when they can be used, how they work
- information about preventing employee theft before the employees are hired
- a terrific introductory chapter that explains the many, many reasons why employees steal
- lots of information about how employers are complicit in employee theft
There's some truly weird information in here. Makes me wonder about the whole book.
Employee theft "causes a third of all business failures." Ridiculous.
Odd religious moralizing. Regarding the percentage of employees who will never steal, Bassett says that these people live by the "Golden Rule" and "The Golden Rule is the foundation of every true religion. So it is not surprising that many people who follow the rule are members of religious organizations." Ok. So now I know how to determine which religions are "real."
I wish the book wasn't written at a 9th grade reading level.
Solving Employee Theft is an important book for the small business owner, business manager, as well as anyone in the private investigation career field.
Author James Bassett uses short stories, anecdotes, parables, and analogies to explain the myriad of reasons as to why employee thieves steal and why business owners and managers must take action to protect their collective inventory and assets.
Bassett also provides very rock solid knowledge and recommendations for employee communication and subsequent interviewing, as well as tips for maintaining a positive work environment and proactive human resources resume screening for potentially troublesome employees.
This book also offers a succinct, but important chapter on the polygraph and answers many commonly asked questions about its operation and veracity. As such this book is an excellent guide to understanding the nature of employee theft as well as what measures can be taken to minimize the risk.
Written in a style that is not too technical and understandable by the lay business person I rate it at five stars for tackling a niche area that needs more coverage.
Jeffrey-Peter Hauck, JD, PI
What's in this book that I didn't learn in Accounting 101 is how to present your security measures to employees to make them aware that you're watching and yet not make your employees feel like you're saying, "I hired you, but I don't trust you." The book also has ideas on how to talk to employees (prospective and current) that help minimize confusion in communication about rules and policies, and the book's ideas try to limit exposing an employer to possible lawsuits when it comes to dishonest employees.
Definitely worth checking out this book if you're a business owner, or if you work for a company as a manager or supervisor.
A downside to this book is that while it appears to be a thick volume, the type is rather large.