How many times have you worked on something (anything from a school project to a major deal at work) and someone else has taken the credit? Frustrating, right? Over the span of my careers, both academic and professional, I’ve seen people take credit for work that they played minute roles in at best. So, for the person doing the work, I have one word: DOCUMENTATION.
I have a love-hate relationship with technology. It hinders our ability to interact with our fellow (wo)man in a face-to-face capacity and often forces us into seclusion, even in a room full of people. Last week in an on air interview, one of my good friends, community leader and powerful speaker Natasha Nicole Lake, said “I could have stayed at the house and we could have been texting b/c maybe then you would actually engage me” about going to networking events. And, sadly that is the case more often than not when it comes to the role that technology plays in our lives, which explains my disdain for it.
But, back to the topic at hand, it plays a beautiful role in ones ability to document work done. Whereas, in centuries passed, there has been no opportunity to prove that you did something at a certain time, now you can screenshot, email, text message, copy, paste, Tweet, Facebook/LinkedIn message, blog, Instagram, and Periscope what you’re doing when you’re doing it and all of these things have a verifiable timestamp on them. That means that, when your boss/team leader says “And I’m glad I was able to securie this partnership,” you don’t interrupt them at the meeting. No one likes being embarassed. But keep a running record of all the work you put in so that, when it is time for a performance review, you can speak to what you have done, including the things that others have taken credit for AND have documentation that backs it up.
We go to work and give our all, and, more often than not, we’re getting paid much less than we ought to. Everyone should receive credit for their work and be promoted based upon merit. Yes, your supervisor is supposed to be leading, empowering, and helping you to develop but make sure that (s)he is not stealing your opportunity to grow. You work hard. Make sure you use your resources to reap the rewards of that work.