Hidden Nuggets #17 – “Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.” – Ephesians 4:28
Your employer needs your hard work to benefit the company.
That’s why they hired you. The company was looking to fill a void so it could make a profit. Something about you stood out. Match made in heaven.
They believed in you…trained you…even facilitated your success by assigning tasks that would maximize your skills.
So why are you repaying that generosity by stealing from your employer?
Stealing From Your Employer Actions
“What? Me? I would never think about stealing from my employer.”
Most wouldn’t. But before you dismiss the question, have you ever done these things at work:
…used company supplies or resources for something personal?
…called in sick when you weren’t?
…watched the Thursday afternoon, Round 1 of March Madness?
…taken 45 minutes for lunch instead of 30?
…fired up a game of Solitaire or Minesweeper?
…scrolled through Facebook postings when the boss’s back is turned?
…checked the stock ticker on your computer every five minutes?
…taken a snack from the break room without paying for it?
…not worked as hard as you can?
Am I being picky here? Are these “innocent” activities really stealing from your employer?
Honestly, I’m not sure where the line is drawn. Is taking three minutes before you make the sales call to check the Facebook status of your friends stealing time? Maybe the answer depends on the culture and expectations of your company. Some of these things would not be given a moments notice as wrongdoing by employers.
So if there is no clear standard set forth by your company, perhaps the answer lies in what you believe personally.
Questions: What do you believe personally? So you think these activities constitute stealing from your employer? Should stealing be viewed only in the context of money? Or could engaging in non-work activities on the clock or by not giving it your all be considered stealing?