Employee satisfaction and theft: Testing climate perceptions as a mediator

John T. Kulas, Joanne E. McInnerney, Rachel Frautschy Demuth, Victoria Jadwinski

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Employee theft of both property and time is an expensive and pervasive problem for American organizations. One antecedent of theft behaviors is employee dissatisfaction, but not all dissatisfied employees engage in withdrawal or theft behaviors. The authors tested a model of theft behavior by using an organization's climate for theft as an explanatory mechanism. They found that dissatisfaction influenced employee theft behaviors through the intermediary influence of employees' individual perceptions of the organization's climate for theft. The authors encourage organizations to pay attention to such climate elements and take action to alter employee perceptions if they reflect permissive attitudes toward theft.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)389-402
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2007


  • Employee dissatisfaction
  • Employee theft
  • Organizational climate


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