• Thu, Jun 30 2011

How To Handle When Your Boss Takes Credit For Your Work

Have you ever spent day and night on a project, proposal or spreadsheet fine tuning the details for a presentation, only to have your boss take credit for your work? If so, you’re probably not alone, it happens more than you think and it will probably happen again if you don’t take the opportunity to rectify the situation.

Not all bosses think taking credit for the hard work of their employees is appropriate, but for those who do, there’s a good chance they’ve done it before and will do it again – and not just to you but anyone who might work for them.

Workplace psychologist, Janet Scarborough Civitelli of VocationVillage.com says, “Some bosses take credit for others’ work because they lack emotional intelligence and they don’t realize how demoralizing it is for employees to be deprived of credit for their accomplishments.” In other cases bosses don’t fully see how doing such a thing can hinder the career advancement of an employee.

However, there are ways to try to remedy the situation so you’re acknowleged for your work, and your boss isn’t completely offended.

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  • d

    These are good tips, but I have a hard time being assertive and standing up for myself in the workplace and also making sure others recognize my accomplishments. I would love to have more guidance on these areas for someone with a few years experience, but who is not totally respected in the office due to being the youngest and newest on board. I fear others aren’t aware of how much I do – so how can I change that?

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