A whopping 61 per cent of workers have stolen items from their office ranging from toilet rolls to mugs, according to new research.

Staff who sneaked something out from work were more likely to have taken pens than any other item (80 per cent), followed by post-it notes (40 per cent), notepads (32 per cent) and highlighters (25 per cent). However one in 10 admitted to stealing toilet rolls from the office toilets to take home.

Staff also confessed to unscrewing light bulbs (three per cent) and taking tea bags home (six per cent), according to the survey of more than 2,000 office workers by online cartridge retailer, CartridgePeople.com.

Other popular items stolen included Blu-Tack (16 per cent), USB memory sticks (six per cent) and ink cartridges (three per cent). Additionally, two per cent of workers owned up to making off with mugs from the office kitchen.


Item stolen

Percentage of those who admitted stealing (rounded up to the nearest decimal place)


80 per cent

Post-it notes

40 per cent


32 per cent


26 per cent


16 per cent

Toilet rolls

10 per cent

Tea bags

6 per cent

USB sticks

6 per cent

Light bulbs

3 per cent

Ink cartridges

3 per cent


2 per cent