At the workplace too there are as many dangers as in the jungle. There are unseen predators and pitfalls lurking round the corner.
Your great ideas can be stolen and credit for the good work done by you can be snatched by the boss for his own survival. This phenomenon of taking undue credit has crept into software companies, product manufacturing organisations and even highly credited institutes of learning.
Recently a professor from a top technological institute was found to have used the research findings of his colleague to publish a paper in a scientific journal, without mentioning his name (colleague's) name.
In another instance, a software firm embedded third party software code into its applications without permission to avoid royalty payments.A well-known author without blinking an eyelid took pages out of another author's work and used it in her new novel, projecting as if it were her original writing.
Every year several scholars are named for plagiarism while submitting their thesis for award of Ph.D
What is common in all these instances is that some people want fame without working hard for it. They take the easy way out – copy, snatch or steal.
What they do not realise is that some where down the road they are liable to be exposed and their glory will soon end up in the gutter.
There are times that you become a victim in such a situation. And nobody less than your boss is taking all the credit for the hard work that you have put in making your brand new idea work for the benefit of the organisation. Your hopes of a promotion are dashed and you are crestfallen.If such is your case here are a few ways to redeem your credit and get back the glory due to you.
On record: If you are working on a product, project or idea. Document all your contributions on a daily basis. Record all the timelines of the way the ideas or inputs were made use of while getting to the end point. Maintain a log or diary giving details off all contributions from different members of the team.
Firstly describe what each team member was expected to contribute to the success of the project/product development. List out the expertise of each member. In detail describe your expertise, role and contributions to the endeavour.
Weight: Give weightage points to every single contribution that helps the work move forward in achieving its objective.
Evaluate your contribution in setting the pace for innovation. Is your contribution singularly responsible for mission success? Then your work becomes significant.
Talk or blog: When your work is going to have an impact on a larger scale and will benefit your organisation, institute or society at large, you need not cloak it in secrecy. But at the same time you do not have to divulge all the intricate details of your research or project.
If you notice some of the companies that manufacture today's hi-tech gadgets, they selectively release what they are going to offer in the next few months. It may be a word about the design, OS platform or the ability to perform new tasks.
These companies indulge in such teasers and gimmicks to keep the people informed that hey are on to some real innovation and no competitor can later claim the credit.
So let your friends know a few bits and pieces of your work. Blog about it. Give people a feel of things that will be out in to the open soon. This will act as insurance policy for you.
Well those are the safety measure that you need to take if you are on to something really big.
But more often the workplace involves credit being snatched for tasks, which may have a little impact on the organisation but will surely have an impact on an employee's work performance and dedication.
Take the case of new security supervisor who found out that a stationery supplier was duping the company by sending in higher bills through inflated invoices without supplying the actual quantity. He reported it to the security manager.
The manager promptly made a report to the management that he had detected the fraud and got cash reward.However trivial the issue may be it is for you to immediately seek justice. You must have the nerve to point out your superior for such mean acts.
That will set a precedent in your organisation for others to not indulge in unfair methods of grabbing credit.
K. V. Rajasekher