People frequently try to steal credit for work they didn’t do. Here’s what to do when a coworker attempts to steal your spotlight:
- Small-scale issue. Address the situation directly with coworkers. Give them the benefit of the doubt that there was a misunderstanding. If you’re sure that wasn’t the case, make it clear that you will take the issue to your supervisor next time.
- Large-scale issue. Go directly to your supervisor. Remain calm and present your case clearly. Provide evidence that the work was actually yours. Your goal is to press the issue enough that your boss will investigate further and prevent the situation from occurring in the future.
— Adapted from “When a Co-Worker Takes Credit for Your Work,” Lisa Quast, www.forbes.com.