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Boss Took All The Credit For My Work, Advice?

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Dear Experts,

I’m an intern at a company this summer 2 days a week. My manager asked me to organize the office supply closet and take inventory. In the process, I found out the company was getting charged for some supplies they weren’t receiving and/or were missing. And, I saw they should have been getting a discount based on the size of the order with the supplier they used.

I pointed this all out to my manager who said she was very pleased with my work and that I would surely get compensated for finding the error and additional costs savings.

Well, two weeks later and I hadn’t heard anything, so I asked a co-worker about it. That’s when I found out my MANAGER took credit for finding the errors and hadn’t told anyone that I had found them. I’m so angry I could scream. Is there anything I can do to get the credit I deserve? Should I ask her about the compensation she mentioned?

Here is how our T.A.P. experts answered this question:

@ValueIntoWords Q#184 Recommend allaying ur anger & respectfully inquiring of ur boss abt status of possible remuneration. (more)

@jtodonnell Q#184 Ask if anything came of your findings. There might be more to the story, or something in works for you.

@teenarose Q#184 I agree with others’ advice. Tread lightly. Avoid burning a bridge based on potential misinformation.

@DebraWheatman Q#184 Develop a report about your findings. Send it to your manager and the superior as documentation of your work.

@gradversity Q#184 Agree with @beneubanks. Take this as a learning experience and break the news differently next time.

@tmonhollon Q#184 Sorry to say it could happen again. But no matter. Act w/ integrity, even if they don’t. It matters! http://su.pr/20qpIa

@beneubanks Q#184 Do nothing. Chalk up=experience. Next time include everyone (public CC) when discussing your sol’n w/boss.

@resumesrevealed Q#184 Don’t assume-co-workr may not know 4 sure. Echo exprts-plus-ask how much$ was saved so u can put it on ur resume.

@AndyInNaplesQ#184 Approach after cool-off period; Hear the whole story. Avoid negative talk. Look for the good.

@louise_fletcher Q#184 I would assume good intentions and just ask if anything ever came of it. Avoid confrontation at all costs.

@ValueIntoWords Q#184 May ask boss 4 written ltr of recommendation, incl. credit 4 this achievement as part of internship wrap-up.

@heatherhuhmanQ#184 Completely agree w/@ValueIntoWords & @jtodonnell. Discuss *calmly* w/your boss if this really upsets U.

@ValueIntoWords Q#184 Assume ur manager’s best intentions–addressing directly w/her b4 escalating emotions. Make lemonade if possible.

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