My Boss Is Taking Credit For My Work. What Should I Do?

Question From The Job Seeker

I have been working in the marketing department of a telecommunications firm for the last four years. During this period I have gained a lot of experience and I enjoy doing my work. Moreover, not only do I finish my work on time and meet the deadlines, I am always prepared to pitch in whenever some extra hand is needed. I have a creative approach towards work and have proved to be very effective in problem solving. My problem is that whenever I come up with a great idea for a campaign, my boss presents it to the superiors and takes all the credit for it rather than acknowledging my contribution. Not only this, I have been regularly putting in extra hours at work, but instead of recognizing my hard work, my boss totally ignores my efforts. I agree that there is nothing wrong with doing extra work and taking initiative, but what are you suppose to do when your immediate boss passes your hard work as his own, rather than at least acknowledging that he was unable to accomplish that task on his own. Watching my boss constantly taking credit for all my hard work is discouraging and I think that I might be losing my motivation. I do not know how to deal with this situation. Should I talk to the boss or should I go to his superiors and tell them about his misconduct? May be I should just leave the job and look for a new one. I am totally confused and need help, please guide me to the right choice.

Sara Hussain

Answer from Rozee team

Dear Sara,

It is totally understandable how frustrated and anguished you must be feeling, since your superior is taking credit for your hard work, but you have to deal with the situation delicately. First of all, going behind your superior’s back and complaining to his bosses is a bad idea since your boss is bound to find out sooner or later and when he does, in all probability he will make the situation even worse. Moreover, the superiors might get the impression that you are not being a team player and want solo credit rather than sharing it with everyone.  As far as leaving the job is concerned, it is a rather extreme option that should only be considered after you have exhausted all other options. Here are a few tricks you can try that might help with the situation so that you can stay at the job you love so much.

  • You should try to talk to the boss in order to find out why he has been doing this. However, keep in mind that while doing so you should be calm and your tone should not be confrontational. The best solution is to go through the back door and ask the boss for feedback on your ideas. You can also ask him if what the superiors thought of the ideas that you had punched in. This way the boss will get the idea that you expect to get acknowledgment for your efforts.

  • You must keep in mind that it is in your job description to work for the manager i.e., your boss. So even if you are not getting direct credit for your hard work, you can always imply that you expect that the boss will keep in mind his input on the projects and will remember him whenever the time for a bonus or a promotion comes.

  • Another way to get credit for your work is to keep your ideas to yourself and only speak up when you are in a meeting or there are other people around who are listening to what you have to say. This way your boss will not be able to pass your ideas as his own and even if he does so, a lot of people will know that he is taking credit for your hard work. In the end, the manager will come off looking bad and sooner or later the upper management will find out the truth.

Hopefully these tips will help in tackling the problem you are facing at work.

Best of Luck,
Rozee team

8 thoughts on “My Boss Is Taking Credit For My Work. What Should I Do?

  1. My dear there are traditional environments in every organization except a multinational organization. You should compromise this situation. God makes luck, work hard and change your luck.

  2. A very hope giving article for me as I am going through the same situation and I try to avoid politics as much as I can. Still I am being flagged for being not taking part. However the article has made me understand how to get involved without divulging in politics, thanks Rozee Team.

  3. The advices given are very right, this is the correct way to deal with such situations. I do not know in this case but most of the reputed organization encourage team work so that the employees having easy access to higher level management.

  4. This is a very frustrating situation for the employees who provide 100 percent input towards the growth of the organization and companies should have a system where the senior management comes in direct contact with the employees.

  5. I wish I could have consulted ROZEE.PK before I left my job due to similar reasons. I think, everyone on their part should depict a purely professional behavior. Moreover, companies should adopt strategies for assuring job satisfaction and permanence and keep the record of employees’ weekly feedback individually and confidentially.

  6. I suppose the third suggestion is the best of all the options for a person in this kind of situation. Leaving job will never satisfy your own self. Instead, work hard and adopt the approach of speaking only when there are people around. As you have mentioned that you are a creative mind, so it’s time to use it in a delicate manner.
    Good Luck

  7. A very useful article, I must say as it has been a problem for many of us, especially the fresh candidates. My only concern is speaking out in meetings. My personal experience, though very little, has taught me to “never by-pass your seniors”. Its a cultural aspect as most of the companies have a rigid hierarchy and reporting structure. If you don’t take your seniors in confidence before passing out any ideas, they take it personally, not all but most of them. What I would like to know is how can I outshine without displeasing my seniors.

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