One of the most annoying problems that we face in office is the fact that people in the workplace tend to treat everything as if they are free for all and there have been times that people have had their colleagues drink from their water bottles and finish up their food that they have brought from home which can be a very annoying experience. Working in an office and being forced to work closely with a bunch of strangers that you may and may not like is difficult in itself but when people start pushing their boundaries, it can be so much worse. In fact, many employees will tell you how none of their pens ever survive a week with them because before they know it, someone in the office has “borrowed” it and they never bother to return it. However, there are a few hacks that you can try for keeping your things safe.
Keep them away from everyone
You could consider buying a large storage boxes for your things so that you can keep them safely away from everyone else. Usually, when people borrow your things, they do not necessarily mean harm but they simply assume that you are alright with them taking the thing or borrowing it and especially when it comes to things like pens, employees in the office tend to consider them as sort of office property even if you have brought your own from home.If you still find that people are taking things from the boxes, this is intentional and deliberate which constitutes stealing and therefore, you will then want to consider getting a cable lock and locking it around the storage box that you have bought so that you get the message straight through.
You can get one at any bicycle repair shop.If the things that are being taken are your food and water, it would also be a good idea to report the problem to your human resources department because this is a severe invasion of privacy and it can also be very unhygienic and dangerous as well. If they are drinking from your water bottle, it means that any diseases that they have could be transferred to you without your knowledge and this is a clear invasion of privacy and boundaries and therefore, although you have now locked your things safely away, you will still want to report the situation because it is not a good idea to have people like this walking around without a warning.