Not getting credit due at work...and getting blamed instead

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    Oct 06, 2011 11:49 AM GMT
    Rant of the day:
    Say you're trying to change your colleagues' ineffective behavior at work, to make your and their lives easier. You're not really responsible officially for it, but you've kinda become the champion for that particular project. You do all the work that you can from your end, and people are just too set in their ways to meet you half way. And people blame YOU instead!

    And of course there's money involved in such matters. It's not just morale.
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    Oct 06, 2011 11:54 AM GMT
    Unfortunately those who do the most effective work don't get the credit or respect. After awhile co-workers and management just expect it. You are to be commended and you will get your reward eventually.

    Those who don't work ethically cannot be changed by others.
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    Oct 06, 2011 12:01 PM GMT
    You're [ineffectively] trying to change the way people behave. Of course you get the blame.
    Like the old saying goes: "If you can't beat'em, ..."
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    Oct 06, 2011 12:12 PM GMT
    I know exactly what you mean, however, it's a fact that people don't change unless they want to so try as you might unless these colleagues you're dealing with want to change then it's not gonna happen any time soon. You'd have a better chance of catching a unicorn riding dirty and shooting rainbow bullets.

    More importantly you are being blamed so that right there should be a red flag. You should stop and ask yourself if it's worth continuing? It doesn't seem like it is especially since you are being pinned as the problem. The problem lies with the person and management and if they aren't gonna do anything about it after you've brought to their attention then should just move. I'd think about getting another job or moving to another section where they actually encourage people to help others.

    Stay true to your work ethics and do your job properly. Those who don't work and receive credit for things they didn't do are people you should stay away from and if necessary then call them out on their shit.
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    Oct 06, 2011 12:30 PM GMT
    I am going to go ahead and tell ya, if that's the way things are, that's the way things'll remain. Best to find a new job or way to be happy.
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    Oct 06, 2011 12:39 PM GMT
    Don't feel bad, it is never easy to get some one to change their ways even for a manager.

    First and foremost, make sure that you are picking a battle that's worth fighting. Don't try to correct behavior that is slightly less efficient and really more annoying to you than anything else.

    I have found that in order to motivate people to change, you need to help them understand what's in it for them. If you are able to convince them that making a change will positively impact them even indirectly, then you have a better chance of winning them over.

    It's also about how you approach the subject. Since you are not the manager, just starting a conversation with someone you don't normally speak to in order to correct a behavior can be misconstrued as an attack. You need to find a way to gain some trust before broaching the topic.

    Then there are those that just want to get their paycheck and go home. They have no concern for others, and do not care to make things better at the workplace. This is very difficult and unless you are very good at getting through to people, you may need to simply speak to a supervisor about your concerns and let them handle it. If management thinks it's important enough to follow up on, then let them do it. Don't take on a battle that will simply alienate you from your co-workers, it's really not worth it.

    If you are not getting credit for the effort you are putting in to the project, it may mean the project is not that important to management. Have a conversation with your manager to determine why this is the case. The worst that can happen is that you find this is not the right place for you to work, and you can move on.




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    Oct 06, 2011 12:45 PM GMT
    GET A NEW JOB.

    kthxbai
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    Oct 06, 2011 12:57 PM GMT
    vincent7 saidUnfortunately those who do the most effective work don't get the credit or respect. After awhile co-workers and management just expect it. You are to be commended and you will get your reward eventually.

    Those who don't work ethically cannot be changed by others.


    This is so true! And describes my work environment to the t. I would venture to say that even though your hard work does go unrewarded, it does NOT go un-noticed. Not that that makes anything about this situation better.. Just sayin'.
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    Oct 06, 2011 1:04 PM GMT
    At work things don't usually turn out the way they are supposed to be. If you are doing your work before time and with great efficiency make sure your manager knows that, and then if it gets delayed then he knows whose fault it is. If you do it don't be ashamed to flaunt it. You usually don't make life long trustworthy friends at work.
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    Oct 06, 2011 1:14 PM GMT
    mikeinslc saidI am going to go ahead and tell ya, if that's the way things are, that's the way things'll remain. Best to find a new job or way to be happy.


    I agree here. This isn't about you or your colleague really as it is about the person you report to. If what you are saying is accurate then the manager is not doing his/her job of hiring good people (consistently), and managing good people. If a mistake is made in hiring a bad apple then it is up to the manager to make the change quickly and keep the good people happy campers.

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    Oct 06, 2011 1:20 PM GMT
    If you lay down like a doormat for people, they will wipe their feet on you.

    Focus on your job, your responsibilities. Do your job excellently. If others are slacking, fuck 'em.

    Don;t worry about who gets credit. Over time, it will be clear who is competent and who isn't.
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    Oct 06, 2011 8:59 PM GMT
    OK, thanks for the replies.

    A bit of clarification:
    --the particular project involved is transitioning to electronic medical records. And my job pays me very well.
    And yes, both are things I cannot walk away from, not the least because it's going to involve a large sum of money as an incentive from the government IF if we do it right and in time for next year.
    --I'm in a group practice, so other doctors are free to do whatever they want to do. I.e. I'm one of the bosses, but I only have so much clout among several bosses.
    --I happen to be the most computer savvy person in the group, so I've been the first to adopt actually using the EMR and smooth out the kinks. (In fact, this week I had not written a single thing, if it only weren't for the pesky billing sheets which are not electronic yet). Other people are either
    a. not doing it because they have yet to master the other simpler aspects of things, or
    b. haven't found the time to customize it to work FOR them, not AGAINST them.
    c. people (secretaries and doctors alike) are just set in their ways and don't want to interrupt their daily work flow, and don't see the money and time that would be saved if the EMR is working for them
    --little details that go wrong (against the "normal" flow of things) get blamed on me because I'm trying to use the EMR instead of the "normal" things.

    As with all things, the devil is in the details. I wish people can see how much I've been able to do with the EMR.

    Gratuitous violence (which is how I'm feeling right now):
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    I'm leaving for vacation, and I'm pretty sure when I come back, things won't be any better, and people will have reverted back to some non-EMR practices.