Team Playa

Team Playa

I love my job.  Worked hard to get where I am, but I am seriously thinking about leaving because my boss is a serial idea stealer.  She says we’re a team but she takes all the credit and I get the shaft.  What’s worse, I haven’t gotten a raise in 3 years.  Should I leave or confront her?

Tired As Hell (Baltimore, MD)


Dear Tired,

What a pickle!  I understand and feel your frustration.  If it’s any consolation, you are not alone.  Thousands of people, in the workforce, are going through similar situations.  It’s horrible for your boss to deceive her superiors into thinking your ideas are hers.  However,  understand this:  No matter where you work…no matter how wonderful or terrible your supervisor may be… the leader of any team usually gets the glory for success because they are held accountable for failure (this includes yours).  The “higher-ups”, may not always recognize your individual contribution but a good, immediate supervisor should acknowledge and reward the work of his or her team. 

I do find it extremely problematic that you have not received a raise in 3 years.  How does that happen? If you have not received performance reviews ask your supervisor for them.  By law you are entitled to periodic evaluations of your performance.  Good performance reviews are the key to your raise.  If you have been receiving poor performance reviews you have the right to refuse the review, which will afford you the opportunity to present your rebuttal to someone higher in the chain of command or human resources.  Be sure to document all your ideas and the work you do, in order to support your case.

If you love your job, you shouldn’t leave until you have exhausted every possible avenue to a peaceable solution.  Tired, your boss sounds like more of a team “playa” than a team player.  Somehow I get the feeling your issue will be resolved the moment you address it professionally.

Good Luck!


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2 Responses

  1. Reggie 27. Oct, 2009 at 8:52 am #

    From this point, document everything! EVERYTHING. Copy your supervisor and their leadership on all e-mails, and memo’s. The point isn’t to embarass anyone, just to display your grasp of the job and its responsibilities. Brand yourself, and it will be difficult for others to claim your work as their own. As for the past ideas, if you can’t produce supporting documentation, I don’t see much you can do at this point.


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