You keep overhearing conversations between your boss and another colleague. Your colleague has several claimed credit for tasks you performed and has blamed you for mistakes that were made or tasks that were forgotten.



What is THE CARAMEL CRUNCH? Well, it’s all about decisions. When it comes to THE CRUNCH what would you do?

One of the definitions of the word CRUNCH is:

a crucial point or situation

 – generally involving a decision with weighty consequences

  • Your response can be a quickie. Please feel free to send a comment to say what you would do, and if you have time or are inclined, please feel free to explain your decision.
  • If you would like to create a post with a longer explanation of your decision, please pingback to THE CARAMEL CRUNCH post. (Or copy and paste a link to your post in the comments section – please feel free.)

If you know anything about CRUSHED CARAMEL, you will probably realize I am a gentle soul, so my questions are not supposed to be terrifying! What I am hoping for really is to see a variety of responses. Afterall, it’s pretty obvious that WordPress bloggers are from a huge variety of backgrounds and cultures. It would be fascinating to learn more about how we as individuals make decisions.

Some of the questions I am going to ask are questions I have discussed with friends when we have been having coffee or dinner. I often find there is no clear right or wrong. It can be so much a matter of our individual experiences and outlook. I find it fascinating how very different some of us are when it comes to decision making.

We all have different outlooks, and may make different decisions. I am really looking forward to learning WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

One Way Street, Decisions, Opportunity



18 thoughts on “THE CARAMEL CRUNCH #28”

  1. Office politics is a game that takes a lot of time and skill. You never go at it directly. You look for openings. You build alliances. You have to be prepared to get dirty to win. Politics and ethics are strange bedfellows, usually not sleeping in the bed for long. My advice is to make a choice between office politics or devoting your attention, skills, etc. to more positive, rewarding endeavors. There will *always* be “that person” in an office, many times it’s the boss taking credit for your ideas and getting promoted because of it, or badmouthing you to others to make you seem incompetent. It’s an ugly game.

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    1. I saw it so much I worked in finance. There was a lot of competition and backstabbing.
      I am glad I worked part time and had my own part of the ledger to look after. I turned down every chance to progress my career, I tried to make other colleagues look good in the hopes they would let me just go in, do my job, earn my bread & butter, and go home in peace!

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  2. Ah, a difficult one. I would maybe in the presence of both, the colleague and boss, innocently say something about the task I had finished but didn’t get the credit for. Requires lot of subtlety.

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    1. Yes subtlety is important.
      I make a habit of pointing out my own mistakes so that everyone, including my boss knows I am not ashamed to take responsibility for an error I have made. I once had a job where a colleague was blaming me for things that happened on days I did not work. I ignored it for a long time, but when my boss pulled me up about something, I had to point out that I didn’t work on the days a particular mistake kept on occuring (a once a week delivery was not checked properly and somebody kept on throwing the invoices away).

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    1. I have always tried to be very candid with my boss if I think I have made a mistake, and open with my colleagues if I am worried about something. I try to contribute to a positive team spirit.

      Years ago when I worked in finance, there was a lot of rivalry and competition. I was so glad I worked part time. I was very careful to make sure I did my work and kept my head down. I turned down every opportunity to progress because I wanted to just earn my bread and butter and go and work where my heart was, unpaid volunteer work.

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  3. Wouldn’t confront them directly and would probably just leave it unless the boss wanted to talk about it.
    If it got too much of a problem, I would talk to the boss and the colleague about it, with proof of what I was saying, but where it would go from there, I have no idea.

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    1. Maintaining good relationships at work is important. When someone seems to have something against you, it is hard to deal with. I would try to be extra humble and make it clear I had no rivalries and just wanted to do my job well and go home in peace.

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