Do your employees or coworkers frequently report missing office supplies? If so, you’re not alone. A new survey by Banner Business Services finds that many workers notice items essential to doing their job mysteriously go missing from their desks.
More than 40 percent of workers confessed to “borrowing” an item from a colleague and never returning it, and more than 50 percent admitted taking office products for use at home. Oak Cliff Office Supply can ensure that you never run out of the essentials.
So what are the hottest items in the workplace? Here are the top seven from the survey.
According to the survey, eight percent of workers said that binders most often went missing from their work space. Such supply-jacking appears to have made many workers more cautious with where they keep their most valuable items, as almost 60 percent of survey respondents also said that they hide their favorite supplies in a cabinet or locked drawer.
A total of 14 percent of respondents reported missing tape. While the survey didn’t measure seasonal fluctuations in office supply pilfering, you can imagine that the disappearance of tape dispensers grows as the holidays near, as gift-givers seek out tape for wrapping marathons.
If you are always wondering why scissors are so hard to find – especially when you need them most? It may be because, as 20 percent of workers in the survey know, they are tough to keep away from thieving colleagues.
The character Milton Waddams from the movie Office Space can certainly sympathize with number four on the most-pilfered items list. Staplers were reported missing by 22 percent of survey respondents.
3 Paper clips or binder clips
Clips for keeping things nice and orderly are apparently pretty popular items in offices across the United States, especially since they’ve become a popular cable management “hack” thanks to Pinterest and Buzzfeed. The survey reported 28 percent of workers noticed paper clips or binder clips getting pinched.
2 Paper products
Items such as notebooks and sticky-notes are the second-most pilfered item in the office, with 35 percent of workers noticing them disappearing, according to the survey.
1 Pens, pencils, and highlighters
It is probably no surprise that writing instruments were tops in disappearance. How many times have you loaned a pen to a client only to watch it walk out the door, or to a colleague during a meeting, and never saw it again? A whopping 82 percent of survey respondents reported that these writing instruments most often went missing from their work space.