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Small Business Petty Problem

Aug 17, 2007
Melvin owns a small business. He has 65 employees. He manages all their activities from a central site. They perform various services for different companies on a contractual basis. Most of his crews are pretty loyal and want to see the company succeed. In every company there are disgruntled employees who will do just about anything to make it tougher for a legitimate organization to profit.

Melvin was super nice to all his employees and they respected him very much. He knew them all by first name and was always concerned about their families. He even knew most of their family members. He also knew that some of them were struggling financially and assisted whenever he could.

They did not expect him to earn a living for them, but they appreciated anything he offered. They were all hard workers and when the company succeeded they always got extra. Melvin always kept about $3000.00 petty cash in his office safe. It was used to purchase things they needed at the different sites. He also used it to help some of the employees.

If one of them needed a little extra cash to makes ends meet he would take it out of petty cash. It was on the honor system and most of the employees used it sparingly. He mostly used it for the people with families. He knew that the single guys had an easier time financially. He did not worry as much about them. Most of the employees understood how it worked and did not mind.

Melvin had just hired a new guy named Robert about a month ago. He was not sure if the new employee would fit in with the rest of the crew but he was skilled. Melvin gave him a chance. When he explained how the petty cash fund worked, Robert had immediate objections. He did not think it was right to treat the employees with families better than the rest.

He said he had difficult times too. Melvin explained that Robert doesnot have the responsibilities of a family. He told him that his actions would only affect himself. He explained that a guy with a familys actions, affects everyone in the family. Robert pretended to understand but the look on his face said different. Robert began to do things that were adverse to the company.

Melvin let it go for a while, hoping things would turn around, but they never did. Finally one day he called Robert into his office and terminated his employment. Robert was furious and vowed that he would get what he deserves. Melvin did not think much of it. He had heard this kind of talk from others whom he had fired. A few weeks later Melvin received an earnings report for his company.

They were doing great. He was able to double the petty cash fund and help even more employees. One afternoon Melvin was leaving his office for the night. He got in his car and drove about 5 miles, when he remembered he did not set the alarm. He knew he had to go back and set the alarm.

He drove back to the office. As he drove up, he noticed the lights were on. He knew there was someone inside. He called the police. The police arrived, approached the office and trapped the suspect inside. They ordered the person inside to come out. As the person came out, Melvin looked at the guy.

It was Robert. He had heard about the doubled petty cash fund and had come back to take it all. He was arrested and charged with burglary. Melvin no longer keeps petty cash in the office. He deposits in the local bank. He uses a company debit card for withdrawals.

Not all employees are trustworthy. Business owners sometimes have a need to know whats going on at the business after they have left. Businesses handle all kinds of sensitive information. In the best interest of business, you should develop a means to keep your business secure when you are not there.
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