If someone takes credit for your work, do you say something or let it go?

posted 3 years ago in Career
  • poll: Would you confront someone who took credit for your work?
    Yes! : (28 votes)
    80 %
    No! : (7 votes)
    20 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    804 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @MrsPanda99:  I would talk to your boss, and come up with a strategy. 

    Post # 4
    Member
    900 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    @MrsPanda99:  Absolutely.  And I’ve told them that the boss is already aware of the work you did.  Therefore making her bullshit efforts useless and it makes her look stupid in front of the boss.

    Post # 5
    Member
    10748 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I have! An asshole that used to be on my team butted in during my presentation about how I made the company buckets of money for $0, so I snapped at him and just spoke right over him.  He was trying to jump in and co-present and take some glory for himself so I put an end to that right then and there. It boils my blood thinking about it again… I HATED that guy. Still do, but thankfully he left my group so I haven’t spoken to him in months and I ignore him whenever I run into him. 

    Post # 6
    Hostess
    8680 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Yep. I work in a creative environment where we have to come up with new marketing ideas, you bet your ass I would speak up if someone stole my ideas and marketed them as their own.

    Post # 7
    Member
    4641 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @MrsPanda99:  If my boss didn’t know I was doing the work, I’d speak up but since your boss knows.. your coworker just looks stupid. I’d certainly take any opportunity that came up to let my coworkers know I was the one who was actually doing the work though.

    Post # 8
    Member
    3394 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @MrsPanda99:  I would be annoyed and probably snap “Could you please stop taking credit for my work? It’s really kind of rude and I don’t appreciate it.”

    Post # 9
    Member
    2649 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    @MrsPanda99:  Yes, I would absolutely say something.  No way am I taking that laying down.  You accept it once, and you’ll just get more of the same.  

    Post # 10
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    2421 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

    It depends, if its a one-off, a small thing or something we collaborated on, I’ll let it go.  It’s not worth the discord.  Especially if the higher ups know the truth.  If its habitual, if there was zero collaboration or if it was a big thing, I’d say something. 

    I had to bite my tongue quite a bit recently.  A junior member of our team helped on something I was working on.  It had been all mapped out and planned by me for months, but I got busy on something else, so she had to execute.  All she did was follow my directions, but you’d think she arranged a space shuttle launch with the way she went on about it.  And when the event was over, she took all the credit for all the ideas/planning.  I didn’t say anything.  I let her have her accolades.  I know the truth, the higher ups know the truth, she needed something positive behind her. 

    Post # 11
    Member
    1802 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I had this girl in my clinical rotation in nursing school who was terrible (she ended up failing the course), and she always seemed to be partnered with me when we worked on the simulation manican patients, and she was out to make me look bad!

    We were supposed to talk to the manicans, and they could talk back to us. On the first day of our rotation I asked it a question that was really great and my teacher wasn’t expecting us to be able to think that criticall day one, so she was super excited about it. The girl tried to tell everyone that she whispered the question in my ear, and I was the one who said it aloud! WTF, no bitch! LOL

    Then later we were supposed to give the thing some pills, and we hadn’t really been told if we actually put the real pills in the things mouth. I didn’t want to break it, so I asked my instructor. During disucssion after that the girl says, “I wouldn’t ask the instructor mid-procedure if the patient is allowed to actually take the pills.” I finally snapped, and I’m like, “well most patients who are going to be given pills orally are actually able to swallow. Considering that this one is a dummy I wasn’t sure.” 

    Post # 12
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    4513 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    It would depend on what it was, but if it became a habit then I’d definitely speak up and put an end to that.

    Post # 13
    Member
    7997 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013

    I’d talk to your boss about it.

    If it’s something inconsequential then I’d let it slide (like if she mentions an idea that was originally yours and it comes up in a meeting or something) but if she is actually taking credit for stuff you put hours of work into then that’s a big problem IMO. It could start to hurt your reputation.

    Post # 15
    Member
    6048 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I would confront the person that was stealing the credit.  Why would you want to keep being a doormat?  I know you said your boss knows about this, but if you don’t stand up for yourself why should your boss? 

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