Pilfering In The Workplace

This is a sensitive REAL ISSUE so let me first start this off by saying, this doesn't apply to everybody. But in continuing our studying on inward mountains, let's move on to another subtle one that often goes undetected. So say for instance you're believing God for a promotion; but for some reason, you're always overlooked. You thought it was due in part to racism and/or favoritism on your boss' part; and that could very well be the case. But could it be that you blocked it because of an inward mountain called pilfering? Titus 2:9, 10 says, ‘Exhort bondservants to be obedient to their own masters, to be well pleasing in all things, not answering back, not pilfering, but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.’ Pilfering is not a word that we use regularly. But even though it’s not used; it’s done frequently. In fact, you won’t find too many people; regardless as to race, religion or gender, who don’t do it. So what exactly is it?

What is Pilfering?

According to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary, pilfering means ‘to steal stealthily in small amounts often; again and again1.' You see it done most often on the job. Allow me to give you an illustration. Most of you work full time which means you were hired to give your employer no less than forty (40) hours of work per week. More than likely, during those forty hours, your employer gives you two (2) fifteen minute paid breaks every four hours; with a thirty or sixty minute unpaid lunch in between. In exchange, your employer agrees to pay you a set hourly or annual wage to compensate you for your hours worked. But what usually happens is that your employer receives less than five or six hours of work from you* daily. But how can that be? Because during those forty hours you;

• Converse with your colleagues about unimportant work issues.

• You often chat with your co-workers about non work related issues.

• You take bathroom breaks.

• If you’re a smoker, then you take at least four additional smoke breaks.

• If you’re not a smoker, you do the same because of what your smoking colleagues do.

Now factor in the time that’s spent;

•Checking your cell phone.


•Making outgoing and accepting incoming personal calls.

Not to mention the time you spend;

•Checking your personal email.