According to a recent survey, there’s a common type of workplace theft — and it has nothing to do with missing office supplies.

More than one in four (29 per cent) employees interviewed said that a coworker has taken credit for their idea. Those who steal the limelight from their more deserving colleagues may get away with it, too: More than half (51 per cent) of those who have had their ideas nabbed by coworkers revealed they did nothing in response.

The survey was developed by OfficeTeam, a leading staffing service specializing in the placement of highly skilled administrative professionals. It was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on telephone interviews with 444 workers 18 years of age or older and employed in an office environment.

“Today’s workplace is more competitive than ever and, unfortunately, there are people who will go to great lengths to make themselves look good or get promoted, including taking credit for someone else’s ideas,” said Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam.

“Being proactive in sharing your vision with your manager and colleagues early on can help ensure others know the concept originated with you.”

Hosking added that although getting credit is important, giving it is just as beneficial.

“Employees and supervisors should acknowledge those who help to move an idea forward -- most business successes are the result of collaboration, not the efforts of a single individual.”

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