From an efficiency and productivity standpoint, telecommuting often makes sense for both employers and their employees. But managing and maximizing the performance of remote workers has its challenges. Of those challenges, recovering organizational property issued to remote workers when they leave can be difficult and frustrating. Our clients report that the problem is growing and losses due to unreturned organizational property are mounting. Probativity, Inc. offers a simple and inexpensive solution. Not only can Probativity, Inc. locate and recover computers, cell phones, tools, vehicles and other valuable items which were issued but not returned, we can recover files, records, client lists, and any trade secrets or intellectual property that may be in the possession of a former employee.
Our approach begins with identifying the former employee’s new email address, current residential address, any currently registered vehicles, and his or her new place of employment and job title. Without using threats or intimidating calls and emails we politely communicate with the former worker and request the property we seek be immediately returned at our expense. When necessary, we contact the individual’s current employer and request assistance. Generally, the first outreach is the individual’s current supervisor or manager. If he or she is not immediately responsive we escalate and contact the Director of HR and/or executive management via telephone and/or registered mail and demand immediate cooperation.
If that cooperation is still not provided, we will contact the new employer’s Security Director, Ethics and Compliance Officer, Chief Legal Officer, and/or CEO. In the most extreme cases we contact law enforcement and facilitate the filing of a crime report and Form 1099 MISC with the IRS. In addition to potential criminal prosecution for theft of physical property and trade secrets by the local authorities, the IRS may seek taxes and penalties for unreported income relative to the value of the property which was not returned as well as compounded interest on the taxes which the former employee surely did not pay.
Civil ligation is also an option. Potential defendants of course include the former employee, but may also include his new manager and employer. In such cases we not only assist in the recovery of the property sought, we assist our client recover economic damages from both the former employee and his or her new employer.
Additionally, using our national network of more than 5500 licensed investigators, we can visit the home or new workplace of a former employer without notice and demand that the unreturned property we seek be given to us on the spot. Not only is the tactic unexpected, it almost always encourages the new employer to cooperate and assist us.
Our recovery success rate is unmatched. Our methods are time tested and completely legal in all 50 states. Because we are not debt collectors we need not be licensed or registered in any jurisdiction. Don’t waste your organization’s time and resources chasing former employees to recover the value property which they have not returned. Contact us and we’ll eliminate that burden and get your stuff just as fast and economically as if it were our stuff. Our highly effective asset recovery services are just a call away.