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    Dealing with sticky situations at work

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    You submitted what you thought was a masterful report to your boss over three weeks ago. The report analyzes current department productivity and recommends several steps that you think will improve employee output without increasing individual workloads.

    "Brilliant," you thought. But you haven't heard a word from your boss. Did you overstep your boundaries by making recommendations that might imply that she has not been doing a good job? Did you overwhelm her with your ideas? You'd like some feedback. In your last email to her, you asked if she had read your report. So far, you've received no reply. Then yesterday, you overheard the company vice president talk about some productivity changes in your department. The changes were ones that you had recommended in your report. Now, you're worried that your boss submitted your report to senior management and will take full credit for your terrific ideas. What, if anything, should you do? Should you confront your boss about this? Develop a solution to this sticky situation. Explain your rationale.

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    Firstly, you can never base any assumptions on things that you think you overhear in a meeting. Perhaps they were talking about other things, or maybe you misheard. It is dangerous territory to assume right away that your manager is taking full credit for you ideas.

    Now, what you would need to do is set up a formal meeting with your manager. You should send an email saying that you would like to discuss ...

    Solution Summary

    This post will examine an ethical dilemma that en employee might experience when they think that their bosses took credit for their ideas.