Have you ever come across a situation in which you had this really great idea, but unfortunately your colleague presented it as their own? Just how mad did this make you? We are not surprised to hear that it probably made you furious. There are a lot of people who have been through similar situations. So what can you do about this? We talked to some conflict experts about this and here is what they advised:
Speak up and get involved
Okay, someone stole the credit for your idea. You cannot change this, but the situation is not as bad as it appears to be. There is a still a lot that you can do and get recognized for it. Since the idea is originally yours, no one knows it as well as you do – right? So elaborate on the initial concept and you will get their attention. Start speaking up and your colleague will not be able to shut you out or take credit.
And by the way, make sure you have answers to all possible questions and challenges. This will make the higher authorities realize you know what you are talking about, and you will be rewarded well.
Have a word with your colleague
If you fear the issue can affect your promotion or raise, discuss the matter directly with your colleague. Let him know how you feel, but do not lose your cool.
Be a role model
A career counselor told us that one of the best ways to ensure that no one steals your idea is to give credit to others as well. If you are nice to them, they will be nice to you as well. So if your colleagues do something great, let them know as well as the higher authorities.
Do not lose your confidence
There are times when not getting recognized may make you want to step back or behave negatively in the situation. Trust us; none of these ideas are great. Whatever you do, keep your game up and do not lose your confidence. This happened just once and it will not happen next time, if you are careful about it. After all, having something incredible to contribute once is not enough. Doing it repeatedly is the key, and while you can do this, your colleague who stole your idea cannot.