(Closed) Work advice – others’ taking credit for my ideas

posted 9 years ago in Career
Post # 3
979 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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
4485 posts
Honey bee

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 # 6
303 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

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
6661 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

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.

Good luck!

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