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Hotel Employee Theft Prevention Tips


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To curb theft at your organization, consider the following safeguards:

  • Communicate with your employees about the economy and how it will affect your organization. Be open and honest, but discourage them from panicking.
  • Try to maintain a positive work environment even during tough times. Encourage open communication, listen to employees’ ideas and recognize employee achievement.
  • Educate your employees about what is considered fraud and the consequences associated with it, and emphasize that the company has a no-tolerance policy.
  • Conduct more internal audits, especially of your financials and of any employees who handle customer transactions.
  • Increase company oversight by upper management and owners.
  • Reconcile bank statements immediately and do not keep large stores of cash on-site.
  • Consider using a payroll service to ensure accuracy.
  • Purchase Embezzlement Insurance.
  • Consider installing surveillance equipment. Be mindful that this may decrease employee morale if they feel that they are not trusted.
  • Upper management may consider taking a pay decrease or not receiving bonuses, so that lower-level employees see that everyone in the organization is affected by the economy.
  • Regarding financial tasks, give different employees different jobs, so that one employee does not have too much control. If needed, rotate certain responsibilities and personally double check statements and records on a regular basis.
  • Encourage employees to use their vacation time. If someone is stealing, it may become more evident once they are away for a few days.
  • Establish a fraud hotline for employees to report suspicious or fraudulent behavior. Give them the option to call anonymously.
  • Conduct thorough background checks on all your new hires.
  • Train managers and supervisors to monitor employees and watch for suspicious behavior. Any suspicious behavior should be reported and further investigated.
Unfortunately, employee theft is something you should always watch out for as an employer. This risk is often greater during times of economic hardship. If employees are struggling financially, even normally honest and loyal workers may be tempted to embezzle money or steal from their job. This temptation may increase if your company is also struggling, especially if you’ve had layoffs or employees are concerned for their job.

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Reasons to Hire an IT Contractor


          Hiring Independent IT Contractors

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Unique skill set – Many IT tasks can be confusing or complicated to the average person. By hiring an IT contractor, businesses can complete a project in much less time than if they were to have an employee with minimal IT experience do the job.

Cost savings – Business owners can save a lot of money over the long term by hiring a contractor to do work for a short period of time, therefore eliminating the need to hire an expensive full-time employee for the job.

Benefits – Business owners don’t have to worry about giving contractors benefits such as paid time off or insurance—they are responsible for their own. Businesses also save on payroll taxes.

Politics – A contractor is there just to focus on the job at hand. They are not likely to get involved in office politics that might slow other employees from performing the same job.

Minimal training – Generally, IT contractors are well-versed in the best IT practices and can perform work with little to no training, which costs businesses a lot of time and money.

Quality assurance – Contractors can provide useful second opinions on work a company has done itself.

When it comes to IT work, many small and mid-size companies just don’t have the budget to employ a full-time IT staff. Often, these tasks are performed by the owner or current employees with limited knowledge of how the company’s computer system or related tasks work. This creates potential cyber security problems that can lead to a data breach, theft or destruction of intellectual property and identity theft.

Luckily, businesses can hire independent contractors to assist them with all IT-related tasks. Businesses can reach out to contractors for short-term help, such as setting up a network or firewall or designing a company website, or opt for long-term contracts, such as providing 24/7 network troubleshooting support or developing cyber security policies.


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