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Mrbluethecatt Wed 25-Jan-17 17:03:31

Sorry it's a bit long.

I work with a man who is a more senior member on our team at work than me. We work in projects that last at least 6months at a time.

He (the Senior) was given 2 projects last year which needed to be worked on continuously with a big report written at the end.

Our Boss asks for updates at team meeting going round saying how you are getting on etc.

The Senior has been saying at these meetings everything is going great. However just when these projects need completed he goes off on sick. So our boss asked me to pick up the projects eg tart up the report that should have been written. Only problem was I couldn't find them. The files were empty. Problem was that as Senior was off sick, boss can't ask him about ongoing work encase it stresses Senior out.

Long story short I had to work extra to essentially do the work of 2 6 mnths projects in 6days. Not fun. Boss was impressed I managed.

Senior came back today and discovered I had completed his projects and the Boss has given me credit for them. I'll be presenting them to management. This is a big deal for someone of my level.

Senior has had a go at me saying I have shafted him. I had stolen his projects etc. I told him to speak to the boss about it. It was his decision. So I told my boss after that, that senior had a go and suggested they talk. Boss later was in his room with senior I can only guess talking about the projects.

After that senior came over and offered to come to the project presentations with me to 'help out' I just mmmm him and said I'll let him know if I need help.

Aibu to say no to him coming with? I didn't use any of his work and did it all myself and I'm worried he will try to make out that he somehow was involved in front of management. He has form for sneakily trying to take credit, big himself up in front of management. Management who are essentially all all boys club type of thing.

ChuckSnowballs Wed 25-Jan-17 17:05:34

Gosh no way! You need the credit for this definitely.

RatherBeRiding Wed 25-Jan-17 17:09:06

Nope YANBU at all. He's going to steal your thunder at the presentation, you know he is! Be polite but professional and say that's very kind but no thank you, I've got this. And don't discuss! If he keeps on at you have a word with Boss about harrassment.

Strongmummy Wed 25-Jan-17 17:55:54

Sorry, but why didn't you ring him to find out where they were saved!!! If I were him I'd be bloody fuming

Strongmummy Wed 25-Jan-17 17:57:40

And your boss probably told him to ask you to invite him to the presentation. You did shaft him!!

DaisyQueen Wed 25-Jan-17 17:58:47

I wouldn't let him "help out". It is your work and he deserves zero credit for it.

ImperialBlether Wed 25-Jan-17 18:01:58

Were you meant to be working on these projects prior to this, or were they purely to be done by your boss?

Did you know he'd done nothing on them? Could you have known?

littlewoollypervert Wed 25-Jan-17 18:04:14

Strong did you not see in the OP - the BOSS wouldn't ring him to find out where the work was - so why should the OP?

OP it's his own fault - he didn't leave the work where someone could pick it up easily in the case of emergency, and you redid it from scratch due to his disorganisation. You deserve the credit - you nicked nothing of his!

I'd say your boss told him to offer to help with the presentation to make up for him landing you with all the extra work, but he is now taking this as an opportunity to get credit for the work. Keep on politely refusing.

Sugarpiehoneyeye Wed 25-Jan-17 18:09:13

Mrblue, tell him to jog on !
Seriously, don't allow him to steal your hard earned thunder, well done !

Strongmummy Wed 25-Jan-17 18:12:23

While I agree the boss should take responsibility (totally unclear why he wouldn't have rung) I totally understand why this guy feels shafted. I am a senior PM and if a junior in my team had redone work that I'd spent time working on with a view to presenting to board level I seriously would not be happy if I were not Involved in the meeting. The boss sounds incompetent robe honest, but the OP needs to remember that she'll have to continue working with this guy

PebbleInTheMoonlight Wed 25-Jan-17 18:12:26

I'd only accept his being at the presentation if I could see the work he'd already put in.

If he's genuinely grafted for 6 months and it was unfortunate timing/contingency planning for the end part of the project then as much as he may have a reputation as a glory stealer he should get some recognition of the work he's put in.

However if he's anything like my senior and he's been hiding his lack of work on the project and being off ill was convenient timing as it meant someone else would have to take up the shortfall. No way would I accept 'support' for the end of the project, credit is earned not stolen!

I'd position it as "Sounds like that might be a plan, to make sure we're on the same page sorry corporate talk can I just take a look at your files from the last few months?"

His reaction will tell you everything you need to know, especially if you need the 'boss' to back you up.

Strongmummy Wed 25-Jan-17 18:13:20

* to be honest.

Strongmummy Wed 25-Jan-17 18:14:04

Agree with Pebble

Mrbluethecatt Wed 25-Jan-17 18:14:21

Our work is strict with file security, you must save work in the assigned file. There was nothing in them. This is just encase something like this happens. Unfortunately he didn't save his work in the file so it looked like he had done nothing. Which is why I started over and he has essentially contributed nothing to both projects.

I couldn't phone him as I don't have his personal contact info. It would be against policy if I contacted him.

Strongmummy Wed 25-Jan-17 18:16:55

He didn't save his work in the right file or hadn't done the work? That's the key question I think OP. You may not have rung him, but your boss could have/should have. It's your boss who just decide whether he attends, not you

teacher54321 Wed 25-Jan-17 18:20:35

Why on earth did he not send this vital work in when he was off sick? If I was working on a massive vital project, even if I was in hospital I would email or call someone to tell them where to find the files etc.

WhereYouLeftIt Wed 25-Jan-17 18:22:56

I'd be asking to look over his work on these projects just to see if I'd missed anything. Then watch him squirm.

Oh, and have a chat with the boss, saying you think Senior is going to try and claim your work as his own, and that you'd be very unhappy if he did.

emmyhNL Wed 25-Jan-17 18:29:43

He's trying to shaft you. You don't need help. You've done pretty well so far and can do it too!

Your boss thinks it's good enough so go ahead!

A big well done too!

icelollycraving Wed 25-Jan-17 18:31:00

I somehow doubt you will stop him coming if he's more senior.
It may be a good idea to say if you'd like to come along could you forward me your work so I'm up to speed. He may go off sick again wink

lougle Wed 25-Jan-17 18:31:15

Goodness. I can completely see his point. Why don't you offer to withdraw your report and let him submit his? If he's done the work he'll be happy with that.

Mrbluethecatt Wed 25-Jan-17 18:35:14

Where good idea. My boss is on a fag break so I'll ask him and senior for a chat before they leave tonight.

The reports for presentation has gone out and can't be amended (I don't think) but it's worth checking. Had I had access to seniors work I would have used it and of course credited him. I would have expected him to do the presentation in those circumstances.

I had to work 6 20 hour days over this last week, missing DSS's football game on Saturday as well. So I'll be annoyed if I don't get to present my work. Work that I am proud of.

I don't know why he was off (none of my business) but my boss was clear he could not phone senior under any circumstances.

FeliciaJollygoodfellow Wed 25-Jan-17 18:35:48

Why does it matter if they weren't saved or if he didn't do the work? It's been done now - by OP - at some point you have to stop titting about to make sure things get done. You can't always work with the consideration of other people's feelings at the forefront of your mind.

YANBU OP. You know what will happen. He'll either muscle in overtly with what was in his prez and mansplain about why his is better (when it will be the same just in his style) or he'll mutter and bad mouth you saying you deliberately tried to show him up.

Not that I've come up against arseholes like this before or anything hmmgrin

FeliciaJollygoodfellow Wed 25-Jan-17 18:37:04

Lougle - are you joking? Tone is hard to tell on screen...

sonjadog Wed 25-Jan-17 18:38:12

No, you don´t need his help. You take credit for work you´ve done and you alone. Don´t let him try to take it over.

ImperialBlether Wed 25-Jan-17 18:41:16

Strong - she didn't re-do the work; there was no work there to re-do.

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