What should I do when a co-worker steals my ideas?

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Question: “I’m searching for tips on how to handle co-workers who steal, tweak and execute others’ ideas and then smile with glee when receiving recognition for it. How should I handle it? Should I keep my ideas to myself and only share them with upper management or in a group setting where I’ll receive the credit?” —Lisa


Isn't is amazing how others want to take credit for good ideals. I keep dates/times and the ideal(s) of everything that I come up with. I do not share, unless I truly know the other person can add or improve upon what I have come up with then I always use a "let's work together so we can share the credit attitude", which does work even if I take a secondary seat once it is out there sometimes. Always, if I do this I let the person I have spoken with know someone in upper management like my suggestion to get some additional input from "you" i...(register to read more)

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Sessi Zafoun August 20, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Merci Johnny for the info
Nespresso Coffee Club is prejudiced towards gays and lesbians. Nespresso asked their lawyers at Jackson Lewis to request NBC remove the article:
posted an excerpt:
A Manhattan man has filed a complaint with the New York State Division of Human Rights against Nespresso, the giant coffee maker, alleging he was discriminated against by his co-workers for wearing tight jeans. The hilarity stops there, however, as Charlie Batista isn’t some W’burg hipster with an uneven haircut and a trust fund to match.

According to Edge, the discrimination began back in May 2007 when Charlie Batista’s former supervisor Jules Tuyes , learned he was gay and “committed to charities and activities that raise HIV/AIDS awareness within the New York City gay, *******, bisexual and transsexual Hispanic communities.” When Batista asked his supervisors if they would sponsor Poder Para Todos Unidos (Power for Everyone United), they refused, and Tuyes told Batista that his request had been inappropriate.

The alleged discrimination continued as Tuyes began filing negative reviews “disguised as guidance” regarding Batista’s work flow at Nespresso, as well as an abrupt scheduling change that Batista felt was a “well orchestrated set up.”

A Nespresso spokesperson declined to comment on Batista’s case in a recent story in Edge, but did say, “The company is very concerned that this has come to play,” she said. “We’re saddened anyone would walk away with those feelings and concerns.” They told the Post that they deny the allegations of the complaint, which are still under investigation.

However, the company can’t be too shocked by the complaint, because as Edge reports, “The Nestlé subsidiary’s non-discrimination policy does include gays and lesbians.”


plecostumus August 12, 2010 at 11:41 pm

I’m an idea person…I am also always tell everyone my ideas. It is only a problem with one particular co-worker, who I learned would take my ideas, then present them in private to our boss and other superiors as her own. It’s not honest. And as a result, I don’t share ideas with her anymore–which is a shame, because she was a smart cookie, and I really liked brainstorming with her. I guess she doesn’t feel confident enough to get ahead on her own merits. I wish I worked in an environment where everyone was open and shared ideas…and we all gave credit when credit was due. Instead, everyone’s just competing against everyone else on the team…and we end up producing less quality work overall.


zach November 20, 2009 at 11:15 pm

My friend David and I posted these comments to show our support for our Friend Charlie who was ridiculed by James Pergola and Milad Camisi. Charlie worked at Nespresso and was a smart employee and the team leaders treated Charlie and other smart employees badly by exploiting us and other smart employees who work hard. The supervisors at Nespresso take credit for other people’s ideas


Nespresso Sucks November 19, 2009 at 10:14 pm

The bottom line is that no matter how you react , supervisors always will steal ideas from smart employees who they feel threatene by. I used to work at Nespresso Coffee Club and can honestly my former supervisors Milad Camisi and James Pergola would listen in to the sales calls of their smart employees and they would literally steal the sales ideas of these employees and take credit. Milad Camisi is the definitiona of evil. She would steal all of her employees sales ideas , take credit and then tried to fire these same employees that she stole from.


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