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Co-Workers Gone Bad: Stealing, Lying, & Spying at Work

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How well do you know your co-workers? According to information from, some of them are not as trustworthy as you think. 7% say they have swiped something significant from work; money, computers, and furniture. But wait, there’s more.

The good news is that these numbers are fairly small, the bad news is that when it comes to workplace ethics, some of your coworkers are, well, unethical.

  • 82% say they’ve stolen something inexpensive from work like office supplies.
  • 3% admit to taking money.
  • 2% swiped computers.
  • 2% walked off with furniture.

When it comes to making and admitting mistakes, the results were similar:

  • 5% would try to fix a coworker’s mistake to appear as the hero.
  • 2% would expose a coworker’s mistake to look better in their boss’s eyes.
  • 1% woud flat-out blame someone else for a major mistake they had made.

As for the rest of the coworker dirt that dug up:

  • 29% of people look at their coworkers’ computer monitors.
  • 14% have gone through a coworker’s desk.

And finally, if given the opportunity for a major promotion with a hefty raise, that would cost a few of their coworkers their jobs; 57% say they would take it.

And I wonder why people leave the coffee pot empty?

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