What’s the worst behavior a boss can have in the workplace? According to a recent survey, it’s taking credit for an employee’s work.
Over 1,000 U.S. employees were asked to score 24 “typical boss behaviors” from “totally acceptable” to “totally unacceptable. The survey, performed by human resources software firm Bamboo HR, ranked taking credit for employees’ work as the No. 1 worst thing. And understandably so.
Imagine that you have been laboring over a project for days. Maybe even weeks. You pass the work on to your manager, only to have your boss accept the praise from superiors for a job well done — without giving you props.
Not only is it unfair, and infuriating, but the study says not receiving recognition for your hard work can negatively impact your career. If senior management doesn’t realize how hard you are working, you can get passed over for raises and promotions.
“We all want to see the fruit of our labors,” says Rusty Lindquist, VP of strategic HR insights and product marketing at Bamboo HR, in a statement to CNBC. “It’s that very process that incentivizes an organization to cultivate the trees that produce.”
However, if organizations are not careful they can end up cultivating a culture of credit takers instead of “value producers,” says Lindquist. It then becomes a “race to see who can take credit the fastest,” he adds.
Interestingly, the study found that younger employees are more likely to tolerate their managers taking credit for their work. The older employees get, however, “the more unacceptable it becomes,” the…