Has anyone at work ever stolen your ideas? And if, Yes; how to deal with this?

If you have a good idea, someone is probably out to steal it. In a survey of 444 workers by OfficeTeam, a staffing service, 29 percent of workers said they have been bothered by a co-worker taking credit for their ideas, according to Scripps Howard News Service.

"What happens is that in an uncertain economy, a lot of employees resort to things that they ordinarily would not do," said Andrew Sassaman, division director with Robert Half International oif Pittsburgh. "They fear for their jobs and believe they have to prove their worth, and they resort to unusual behaviors."

Protecting Against Stolen Ideas with 2 simple steps:
  1. Record all your thoughts, ideas, research and conversations. Avoid using loose-leaf paper. It is important that you keep your ideas and actions in chronological order. Date each entry.
  2. Avoid discussing the idea with anyone who is untrustworthy, and do not post your ideas in a blog or anywhere on the Internet. If you must consult with someone about your idea, make sure that you have paper trail.
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