My boss takes credit for my work. I recently spent hundreds of hours on a big project, but when the senior managers singled him out as the “hero” for getting it done, he just smiled and said “Thanks”, without one word about my efforts. How do I get the recognition I deserve without getting my boss angry?
A.The best way to get what you want is to ask for it. Arrange to meet with your boss and tell him that you were disappointed not to hear him acknowledge your hard work and contributions to the project. Let him know that being acknowledged in that way is important to you. Oddly enough, some managers don’t understand that recognition for their efforts is one of the main reasons employees stay at their jobs. It may have been that he was so hungry for recognition from his own bosses that he simply forgot to include you in the glory. If so, or if he just didn’t understand that it mattered to you – and if he’s a good manager – you should expect to get the credit you deserve. However, if he is actively “stealing” your work for his own advancement, you might consider that the number one reason people leave their jobs is bad managers and start looking at your options.