Organisational behaviour in workplace Essay Example

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Organisational behaviour in workplace


Employee theft refers to unauthorised taking of something of a perceived value by a worker from an employer for personal enrichment (Greenberg & Barling 1996). Deviant workplace behaviour is a severe problem in today’s organisations, as it is potentially disruptive in terms of causing financial problems to firms. Indeed, a 2011 global survey dubbed “The Global Retail Theft Barometer” that was undertaken by a UK research firm called Centre for Retail Research showed that some 35 percent of retail theft was caused by employee theft (Moorthy et al 2013). Some research analysts also contend that employee deviance, including theft, is essentially employees’ reactions to exasperating organizational stressors like poor work conditions and poor wages (Rogojan 2009; Hollinger & Davis 2009). This paper examines the major themes related to misbehaviours in selected video and how different actors or objects use power. Also examined include the effects of power as observed in the video and how this power translate into a workplace context. Recommendations are also provided on how to address the situation.

Q1: What are the major themes related to misbehaviour in your clip? 

The two major themes include financial fraud/ embezzlement and larceny/pilferage.

Financial fraud/ Embezzlement

In the video, an employee is committing check fraud by manipulating checks for personal enrichment. It appears she is counterfeiting or fabricating a check using desktop publishing software to create and duplicate an actual check. Essentially, this type of fraud is called check tampering, which involves an employee using organisation’s cheques to pay himself or herself. It seems she has written a cheque to herself and would deposit it in her account (Murphy n.d).


In the video, a male employee appears to be taking of company property from the store. It seems the employee is appropriating company supplies, such as pens and papers, with intent to sell them for personal enrichment.

Q2: How is power being used by the different actors or objects? — MY SECTION

In the first scenario where a female employee is involved in cheque tempering, it appears that the employee is having a position of power at the organisation. In the second scenario where a male employee is stealing supplies, it appears the employee is a low-level employee with no definite managerial position of power.

In the first scenario, position of power has provided the female employee with an opportunity to commit financial fraud without worrying whether someone is looking over her shoulder. As a manager, she appears to have been promoted to the position having proved to be trustworthy and able to perform her duties without undue supervision. This type of theft is known as embezzlement, as it is theft by an individual who has been accorded a position of trust and who has a legitimate authorisation to access the cash or cheques she is stealing (Lewis 2013).

In the second scenario, the male employee lacks a position of power to work in the storeroom. He sneaks into the storeroom while it is open to steal the supplies. The difference is that he has no legitimate authorisation to access the store (Muafi 2011). This type of theft is called larceny.


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