Getting credit for your ideas / combating someone who steals/takes credit for them
December 16, 2008 5:48 AM Subscribe
Do you know any effective strategies for getting credit for your ideas and work? One of my coworkers (a gentleman my senior by 20+ years who was recently quietly demoted below me because his lack of vision and tech skills) is regularly taking credit for my ideas at work and outside of work among industry leaders.
posted by anonymous to Human Relations (13 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
What's worse, is he's much more well-connected than me in the industry we work in (it's a small world) and it appears he has been telling stories about all the great work and ideas 'he' is coming up with. Also, multiple times now I've had people approach me and ask me what it's like 'working for him.' ... He's been telling people that I'm his employee.
I'm pretty introverted, humble and was raised to respect your elders. I really don't feel comfortable bragging about my work. And I'm not trying to get someone fired or embarrass them but I'm starting to get frustrated and I'd like to get some recognition for my ideas. It seems at a time like this -- when heads are rolling left and right from layoffs in our industry -- it's especially important to make your worth known at your company and at potential employers. (I'm more concerned about the latter.)
I've asked him gently to give me proper credit on projects twice now and he's agreed and been very cordial when we talk about it, but he continues to 'forget' to share or give credit. What's worse, is I've tried to lead by example and every opportunity I've had, I try to promote other coworker's work (including his) to my superiors and when I can, publicly in the industry. I kinda hoped the good faith effort would eventually come back to me and this guy would be respectable and fess up, but it just doesn't seem to be happening.
Anyone have any suggestions on how to deal with someone like this and how to get credit for your work and ideas, without being a self-promoting jerk?