I was cleaning one of my regular commercial jobs last week, one of the major fast food chains, when one of the employees came over and was telling me why I haven’t seen him in a while. He told me that as he was leaving after his shift the manager came over and gave him a pat down and pulled three pieces of bacon out of his pocket. He was thereafter suspended from work for a time. He has worked there for 14 years and gets along with the manager. He was upset that he didn’t get a ‘pass’. I suppose that after 14 years of working with the same people/company that I can see why a manager may decide to let him off with just a talking to, but the fact is he was stealing. No matter how long your service record is, what your pay scale or position is, you should never feel as if you’re entitled to take something extra if that is not worked out between both parties.
Almost 50% of retail theft comes from the employees(according to Wikipedia on Retail Loss Prevention). As a small business owner this is something that is very important to me. It is one of the major reasons why I work by myself and don’t hire people to work for me. The fact that people trust me to come inside their home or business is something that I value and do not want to lose or even jeopardize. I have never stolen or tried to hide something from any of my clients. There has been a few times where I have knocked something over and broken or cracked something accidentally. And its has been in a circumstance where I could have covered it up. But if you take a second to think about the consequences of making the wrong decision, you very easily realize that one lie/cover-up/theft can ruin everything.
I’ve been working hard for many years trying to build a good reputation with my clients and I’m planning on keeping it that way. No matter whether I’m cleaning an office building or I’m inside your home, know that I will conduct myself honestly in all I do.