IN THE OF­FICE

A GUY AT WORK AL­WAYS TAKES CREDIT FOR OTHER PEO­PLE’S IDEAS, BUT IS NEVER CALLED OUT FOR IT. HOW CAN I MEN­TION IT, WITH­OUT LOOK­ING LIKE A SNITCH?

GQ (Australia) - - THE SOURCE -

BRAN­DON, VIA EMAIL

As most nine-to-fivers know, there are two kinds of peo­ple in ev­ery of­fice – those who steal lunch, and those who take ideas. And each re­quires a dif­fer­ent ap­proach. While the first might be as sim­ple as con­fronting Jan from ac­counts about your miss­ing sand­wiches (come on Jan, ev­ery­one knows it’s you), the sec­ond is a lit­tle more com­plex. You don’t want to come off as jeal­ous or back­stabby (even though you are), so take a more diplo­matic ap­proach. If your ideas are the ones be­ing pil­fered, men­tion them to more than one per­son, so you’ll have a wit­ness to back you up. But like they say, im­i­ta­tion is the great­est form of flat­tery, so rest safe in the knowl­edge you’re do­ing the right thing, while the cul­prits cry them­selves to sleep, know­ing they’re com­plete f-ing frauds.

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