Workplace practices that involve embellishing expense claims, minor thefts of cash, produce, and equipment, and the manipulation of data on worker performance and timekeeping. Sociologists have analysed practices of this kind in a range of occupations. Their research has indicated that ‘fiddles’ are often tolerated by managers provided they do not get out of hand and even though they are contrary to formal disciplinary standards. They can be interpreted either as a breakdown of management control of the workplace or as part of the ‘give and take’ upon which any working relationship depends.
Subjects: Human Resource Management.