Do Your Employees Cheat? Startling International Survey

A new survey reveals that employees in Australia, Canada, China, France, India, Mexico, the U.K., and the U.S., admit to engaging in behavior to receive more pay for time not worked from their employers. The survey also looks at the differing attitudes that employees have toward their jobs.

Answers varied widely when employees were asked if they had ever done anything to receive more pay, such as clocking in earlier or out later than scheduled, having someone else clock them in or out, neglecting to clock out for lunch or breaks, adding time to timesheets, or other activity along these lines. Seventy-three percent of people in India who currently use a time clock admitted to engaging in one or more of these behaviors, followed by 72 percent in China, 51 percent of those surveyed in Australia, 49 percent in Mexico, 37 percent of those surveyed in the U.K., 33 percent of those surveyed in France, 33 percent in the U.S., and 26 percent of those surveyed in Canada.


72% – China   |   51% – Australia   |   49% – Mexico   |   37% – U.K.   |   33% – France   |   33% – U.S.A   |   26% – Canada

When asked how they felt when they clocked in to work for the day, the most popular response in every region except France was “looking forward to starting a good day’s work”. In France, it was a different story, with 30 percent of those surveyed who clock into work having the feeling of being “bored with my job”. When it came to how they felt when they clocked out of work for the day, those surveyed in Australia, Canada, India, and Mexico most commonly selected that they felt “satisfied with a hard day’s work”. In the U.S. and China, the top response was “excited to start my free time”, and among those surveyed in France and the U.K., it was “thrilled to be getting away from my job”.

“We have run surveys on the number of employees in the U.S. who admit to cheating on their time sheets in the past, but we have never surveyed on this topic in other regions around the world. The vast disparity among regions is startling, with India leading the pack at 73 percent and Canada having the fewest number of people with 26 percent. Organizations with employees around the world need to take a hard look at their time keeping technologies and policies and make sure that they are using the latest technology, configuring their solutions appropriately, and setting correct policies to minimize this kind of fraud.”

-Joyce Maroney, Director of The Workforce Institute