How To Stop Someone Taking Credit For Your WorkPosted: 10th of June 2015 by
Working hard on a project at work only to find someone else taking the credit can be very demoralising. You want to take the credit for your own good work as it is how you will show your boss how good you are and push towards a promotion. On the other hand, if someone is stealing all your ideas you may be overlooked and find them taking your place. However, dealing with this issue can be tricky, especially if you want to avoid a confrontation! The first thing to do is to work out if someone is genuinely taking credit for your work.
It can be the case, in some instances, that an idea you had has been taken forward and grown by a colleague. In this instance you should both be given credit for what you have done, but this is not always the case. It may be that your colleague didn’t intentionally steal the limelight from you, and it may be a misunderstanding. However, if you notice this happening a lot, or you feel someone is blatantly ripping off your ideas and taking credit for your work, it is time to act.
You will need to decide if you want to confront them about it or not. If the colleague is someone on the same level as you, you may feel more confident in approaching them. Be firm but not rude as you ask them about the situation. Stay calm and polite (or business-like, if you prefer), but get an answer. By letting them know you have noticed they will be less likely to do it again.
Confronting the person who took your work is tougher if it is your immediate boss or superior, and unless the situation is really bad (in which case take your complaint higher up), you might be better off not going face-to-face with them about it.
Whether you confront the person or not, it is worth changing how you work. Instead of letting people know your ideas, present them to your team when they are in a group. This will make it harder for someone else to take credit for something you have done, or even steal your ideas. Others will notice the flagrant theft of your work, or the culprit may just think twice if it is harder for them to get away with it.
If you have worked on a report of project, try to present your findings personally. See if you can present the work yourself, or at least be present when it is presented, especially if you think your boss may take credit when they present it to their boss! Nobody can present the information and answer questions about it as well as you can, so use this to your advantage when offering to be present.
Own your own ideas and work, and don’t let others sneak away with them before you are ready to present them to your team. Speaking up in meetings with your ideas will show they are yours and make it harder for others to steal the credit for them.
Overall keep your ideas and work under wraps until it is ready to be presented – that way nobody can steal the credit from you, and you make sure you are seen as the wonderful and conscientious employee you are!
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