Employee Theft in Bars

Employee theft is happening everywhere and acts of employee theft in bars are highly likely. No matter how trustworthy you believe your employees are—there is always the chance of employee theft in bars.

Employee theft in bars is preventable. The most popular anti-theft methods to prevent employee theft in bars include background checks; sales and inventory tracking systems; keeping alcohol secured; restricted access to cash drawers and safe; trash and back door controls; and register “sales to tip audits”. You get the point—a number of steps can be taken to minimize employee theft in bars. However, while the above safeguards are popular preventive measures for employee theft in bars, here is another important one when it comes to minimizing employee theft in bars—explaining the definition of honesty. For example:

The owner of a local restaurant told of a server attempting to excuse away her dishonesty by saying that when she worked in another restaurant the employees routinely gave special price breaks, free food and drinks to relatives and close friends, and that management didn’t complain. A bartender also blamed liquor shortages on his misunderstanding in thinking that it was okay to top off a steady customer’s drinks in order to create good will.

It is important to recognize that what employees perceive to be honest and dishonest may not always be as clear-cut as you might think. So, don’t take it for granted that your bar’s employees know what constitutes dishonesty within your workplace. Always make your position clear on what constitutes dishonesty on your premises. Better yet, put it in writing and have the employee sign acknowledging their understanding.

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