5 Ways Employees Steal Time

Employee time theft can be a major problem for businesses. This is because when employees steal time, it essentially causes companies to lose money. The reason why is because it forces companies to pay money to get nothing in exchange.

There are a wide variety of ways in which employees steal time. Here are some of the top ways in which employee time theft occurs.

1. Napping

Napping on the job is one of the most basic ways that employees steal time. When an employee takes a nap on the job, he or she is neglecting his or her responsibilities, and is actually being paid to sleep. If this happens frequently, it can be a major concern for employers.

2. Buddy-Punching

Budding punching is when one person clocks in for his or her friend, and the friend never shows up to work. When this occurs, it causes the company to pay for an entire day’s worth of work from an employee that never occurred. This method of time theft is particularly damaging to companies.

3. Social Media

In the modern era, it is extremely easy for an employee to log into Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, and waste countless time browsing their newsfeeds, or chatting with their friends. This method of time theft can be very hard to keep track of. This is because, unless you are standing directly behind a person working on a laptop, you can’t tell whether they are working, or are flirting with a love interest on Facebook.

4. Personal Detours

Oftentimes, employees are asked to leave the office and go somewhere to perform a task. For example, an office assistant may be asked to go and pick up something at a certain location. However, once that person leaves the office, it is impossible to tell whether or not he or she is making personal detours. Personal detours can include going to Starbucks, stopping at the mall, going home for a few minutes, etc. All of these can waste company time.

5. Long Lunches

Many employees are given a specific amount of time for lunch. However, not all employees stick to this time allotment. In fact, employees frequently take long lunches that can stretch way over the given amount of time. This can cause the employer to lose money.


Time theft can cost employers large amounts of money. This is why it needs to be prevented. A good time clock app is a great way to prevent time theft. Certain time clock apps have built-in features that can protect against things like buddy clocking.

The Ximble app is a great time clock app that can substantially increase the ability of employers to prevent and guard against time theft.

Karin Jakovljevic

About the author

Karin Jakovljevic

Karin Jakovljevic is the head of marketing at Ximble, a powerful, cloud-based workforce management system, simplifying employee scheduling and time tracking for retailers, restaurants and small businesses.

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