Post # 1
I have a really hard time getting credit for my work. I am a software project manager, and if I do things proactively and things go more smoothly than others’ projects then people say “oh, that project must’ve been easy” even though it is almost the exact same as other peoples’! Even when I have metrics to prove the major improvements I’ve made.
Anywho, another problem is others’ taking credit for my work. The only person who is junior to me in the dept held a meeting with me where she picked my brain. I had no idea of the agenda, but I still came up w/ a solution to fix her problem. She TOTALLY ignored me and said it wouldn’t work….said she was going to track in Excel instead of our team’s SW!
Fast forward to yesterday, and she presented MY idea when my manager asked her about that problem. I got zero credit, and I was totally surprised…no one had ever told me they were already changing our software to use *my fix. I’m still upset, since she’s done something similar before and taken credit. I’m wondering if I should talk to her more senior co-lead (who wasn’t at that meeting) and say something like “I’m glad you are implementing my suggestion. I really hope it works out for you and would love to hear how it goes?” Passive aggressive or just office politics?
Post # 3
Ugh, I can relate! My boss isn’t in the office most of the time so he doesn’t know how things actually go down. He thinks the other two guys I work with are pulling more weight than they are and it drives me nuts! Especially because if we work on something and my boss gives me kudos, I am always sure to say something about how it was a group effort.
I am not sure that I would go out of my way to mention that it was your idea. It might come off as desperate, which I don’t think you want. 🙂 Instead I would keep working hard and the next time an opportunity comes up to show your stuff make sure you get your two cents in first!
Post # 4
Have you made your boss aware of the situation? Perhaps if they know what is going on, they will be able to come up with measures to put an end to it.
Post # 5
yes, this just teaches me to document things like this EVEN if someone else is moderating the call
I can always put it in my lessons learned for my project, but this is just typical
Also, you emphasizing the group effort I’ve been told can de-emphasis your effort, as the men in your group are less likely to give group credit and are probably talking to your mgr outside the meeting about just their accomplishments!
An executive was just talking to my women’s group about the “group credit issue”. 😉
Post # 6
Ugh, sticky situation! I think if you can kind of sneakily point out that it was your idea, it might not be a bad thing? For example if the subject comes up in a meeting, you could start a sentence with “When I first started working on this project…”
I have a similar but opposite situtation in my office… I get blamed for things that are not my fault! My coworker will ask me for help with something that she should know how to do, and if it isn’t working out as expected, when she reports to my boss she starts her explanations with “Well Appleblossom didn’t know where to find these data” or “Appleblossom couldn’t get this to work…” HELLO!!?! I’m not the only freakin’ employee! and 90% of the time its not my project to begin with! Luckily for me, my boss is big on people taking blame/credit for their own work and not making excuses, so said employee got her butt chewed for saying those kinds of things. And I didn’t feel bad in the least hehe!
Post # 7
Tell your boss! Tell your boss! This happens to me often as I work in a cutthroat industry. You need to schedule a meeting with your boss to discuss “some projects you are working on” and bring it up in the meeting. But have something else to say as well, like give good feedback about the outcome of your last project and ask what he/she thought about it. Then be honest and say you noticed your suggestion was being implimented, but didn’t think you got proper credit for it. Then recount the meeting you had with the junior person and how you made the suggestion. Say you don’t think it is a big deal, but it wasn’t sitting right with you.
Sounds painful, but the people above you will totally respect you more for sticking up for yourself. They watch you all the time and are constantly giving reports on your performance and ‘drive’ so if they notice you let someone walk all over you or take credit for your ideas instead of giving you credit, it will just count against you.
Post # 8
@appleblossom…I guess she doesn’t want your help anymore! at least your boss is good, but there are so many things going on in my department, that I really don’t think my boss knows what is up…I’m working on an entire PROJECT that she isn’t aware of, even though it’s in my responsibility list (created by the team lead in our team DB, not to mention listed in my yearly goals!)