Crimes in the Workplace

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Crimes in the Workplace

Post by tammy rigsby » Thu Jan 29, 2009 12:45 pm

Behaviors Observable in the Workplace

If corporations and government had any idea of the “true costs” of gambling and problem gambling in the workplace, there would be a rush to minimize its impact on bottom lines. Twenty-five percent (25%) of individuals who call the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling (FCCG) HelpLine report that their gambling problem negatively impacts upon their job. Problem gambling can result in substantial economic loss to employers. Undetected and untreated, a gambling problem can eventually turn a valuable employee into a liability. In addition to decreased productivity and attendance issues, many companies experience a loss of property and funds at the hands of an employee with a gambling problem.

Compulsive gambling has been called the "hidden addiction," with few overt signs manifesting in the workplace until the problem is in its most advanced stage. However, there are signs to look for:

• Lost time and productivity (e.g. soliciting/organizing pools, gambling online, shifting responsibilities, or constantly talking with others about gambling or wins.)
• Arguments (e.g. between employees resulting from gambling losses or money borrowed and not repaid).
• Theft of property from workplace.
• Embezzlement or misappropriation of funds (e.g. to subsidize a gambling addiction).
• Misuse of company property (e.g., credit cards, vehicles, or other assets).
• Turnover (e.g. resulting from employee resignations, terminations).

Employers who allow gambling in the workplace may also be taking a risk. USA Today states that if an employer allows any form of gambling in the workplace (i.e. office pools, raffles, casino nights), the company can be held liable for financial losses sustained by an employee.

The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling (FCCG) encourages employers to evaluate their policies regarding workplace gambling and to contact our 24 hour HelpLine (888 ADMIT IT) to learn how to minimize problem gambling impacts.

For more information and a FREE toolkit on problem gambling in the workplace, call or email the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling.
888-ADMIT-IT (888-236-4848),
24-Hour Problem Gambling HelpLine,
www.gamblinghelp.org.

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