The lunchtime crime is a daily struggle and a reality for 9-to-5ers up and down the country. Is there anything worse than going to the work fridge and finding your prized sandwich/ snacks gone, never to be seen again. No, there isn't.
Thankfully a new study by Deliveroo has uncovered the true culprits of the lunchtime crime. Polling the nation's office workers, Deliver for Business discovered that over 61%, six in ten people, are victims of colleagues stealing their food and snacks.
56% of those polled have been victim to this heinous crime in the past twelve months and 47% of people believe a food thief is amongst them. 74% of people know who the culprit is. Due to this, nearly 37 % of Irish workers have stopped taking food into work because it always gets swiped.
Here are you the people who are mostly to swipe your snacks:
A fellow colleague in the office - 49%
A work experience person - 15%
Someone in accounts - 14%
Someone in IT - 13%
The office junior - 12%
Next desk neighbour - 11%
CEO - 8%
MD - 7%
The top places were your food is swiped:
- Office fridge/ communal areas - 47%
- Cupboards - 23%
- From your desk - 19%
- From your drawer - 11%
Surprisingly, 25% of Irish office workers admit to knicking food once or twice a week and 10% admit to being regular thieves. HR teams are cracking down on office food theft and Irish workers receive, on average, five emails a year about workplace offenders. The food most likely to get swiped includes:
- Sweet treats - 55%
- Tea and coffee - 45%
- Crisps - 19%
- Sandwiches - 18%
- Tupperware/ homemade contents - 9%
What do we learn from this? Work from home.