[Career Advice] Ways to tackle superiors who steal your credit


As an employee, there is nothing more annoying than someone taking credit for the hard work that you have done. Has this ever happened to you? You’ve put in all that effort and your superior or supervisor doesn’t even acknowledge what you’ve done or given you credit for it. They just swoop in, take credit for your ideas and get all the recognition which is supposed to be for you.

It can be very demotivating to go through this experience.  How do you ensure that you are given credit where credit is due? After all, you’ve done the hard work and you deserve to be recognised for it.

Here is how you can delicately handle the situation without stepping on your superior’s toes:

  • Think deeper and control your emotion – Though you may feel frustrated or upset, it is important to evaluate if it is really an issue. Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill. If you question or insult your boss, you might have to risk losing your job. Instead, try to understand why your boss stole your credit, it is entirely possible that he/she is desperately in need of good ideas to appear relevant and useful to the company. Try seeing it in another way, if your idea is worth stealing, it means it is good and you can take that as a compliment.
  • Wait for Witnesses – If Idea stealing is happening more often than you’d like, try pitching your ideas when there are other colleagues or co-workers present. That way, you have people who can be witnesses and attest that you were the one who came up with this idea.
  • Keep a Record – To minimise other people taking credit for your ideas, try leaving evidence that shows your involvement in the projects that you work on. Save copies of everything from work emails to documents you have created so there is always proof that you were involved.
  • Try Talking About It – Depending on how open your boss is, try having a personal discussion with them about the subject.  Explain your point of view as professionally as you can because sometimes they may not be aware that they are doing it.

Remember to always remain calm and professional. It will leave a better impression of yourself in the workspace and your superiors and colleagues will respect you more for it.

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