Dennis was immediately fired by his employer. “Then you cannot apply for unemployment benefits, so I had to go to social assistance.”
The resignation and all the misery around it also gave him a big blow mentally. “I am now on medication because it has put me on a lot of stress.”
“Companies must be clear about it, because if you don’t, people will draw their own limits,” he tells EditieNL.
“It often concerns a pen or a notepad, small amounts that are actually not about anything. And if the boundaries are not clear, as a company you have no leg to stand up to the judge.”
Taking a pen with you, is that theft right away? You also use it for work? “If you take something from the office, keep in mind: do you do it when the boss is standing next to you?” Says Johan Klokman, senior consultant Fraud and Integrity at Hoffmann. “In principle you are not allowed to take tea bags, pens, scrapbooks. But if you use that pen for business travel and you take it home, it is not theft.”
Whether it is a pen or a bag: “Often employees who steal something are fired with immediate effect. It is not about the amount but about whether the employer can still trust his employee. That is why there are even someone is fired for small amounts. ”