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Worker’s ideas stolen by credit-seeking colleagues

New research reveals that sly managers are deliberately taking the credit for over half their workforce’s ideas.

A fifth admit they “regularly” pass off employee’s suggestions as their own, while a further 82 per cent say they do so “sometimes” or on occasion.

A nationwide survey of British workers found that not a single supervisor, middle manager or low-ranking executive said that they had never plagiarised ideas to bolster their own reputation or ego.

But it’s not only bosses who will steal your ideas — cunning co-workers are nearly as bad.

Some 46 per cent of ideas and concepts are pilfered by crafty colleagues looking to enhance their own chance of a pay rise.

British workers suspect up to 93 per cent of people in their place of work have been promoted by poaching good ideas from talkative colleagues.

The poll was commissioned by the author Andy Harrington, to mark the publication of his guide to entrepreneurialism, ‘Passion Into Profit: How to Make Big Money From Who You Are and What You Know.’10452970_10153441212123569_6153378814291449289_o


Harrington questioned 1,000 people to determine the causes and effects of low morale in the workplace. “The results of this survey indicate that a significant proportion of the UK workforce feels undervalued in their jobs,” he says.

“Given that so many people are not receiving the credit for their own ideas — and that their co-workers and managers are benefiting from those ideas — this is not a surprise.”

The survey, conducted last month, found that 74 per cent of Britons are true grafters and go “over and above what’s necessary” for their jobs.

Almost half attribute their solid work ethic to professional pride (46 per cent), while 20 per cent and 24 per cent respectively go the extra mile to safeguard their job or to increase the chance of a promotion.

Only nine per cent “do the bare minimum” and just 17 per cent do “what’s necessary to produce the results my employer expects” — principally because of a lack of praise (39 per cent) or engagement (29 per cent).

Interestingly, all respondents felt undervalued at work to some degree.
When asked to give details, 943 and 685 people respectively said they “occasionally” or <i.“regularly” feel like quitting or finding another job.

A third (33 per cent) said feeling undervalued or un-empowered made them “angry or bitter” towards their manager, and 95 per cent said it has or would prevent them “giving 100%” in the future.

Just 12 per cent of workers always get the credit for a good idea that is raised with or passed to a manager.