‘Blue Bloods’: Jamie Reagan Gets the Blame, Again. What Should You Do if You’re Wrongfully Blamed at Work?
Blue Bloods character Jamie Reagan (Will Estes) seems to keep getting himself in hot water lately. During Blue Bloods Season 10, Episode 15, titled “Vested Interest,” he gets in trouble after someone steals his police vest and commits a crime. Almost every other week, someone at the police department is blaming him for something they think he or one of his officers did wrong. The new police sergeant just can’t seem to catch a break.
Showbiz Cheat Sheet reached out to the experts to get their advice on what you should do if you find yourself in a similar situation. How should you handle being wrongly blamed at work? What should Jamie do? Here’s what they had to say.
Jamie should document everything—and so should you
If you’re in a situation where you’re blamed for something you didn’t do, it will be important for you to make a note of everything that has happened. This way, you’ll have a chance at clearing your name, Christian Antonoff, marketing manager at Clarity Wave, told Showbiz Cheat Sheet. “Document and trace everything with emails,” advises Antonoff. “Having written proof of what you have done or haven’t done is what will ultimately clear your record of any wrongdoing. If you had a verbal conversation, make sure to send out notes of the chat and get everyone involved to review them.”
Don’t make the mistake Jamie made—avoid being aggressive
Once Jamie found out he was in trouble, he started aggressively asking his co-workers questions about what happened. At one point, his officers were avoiding him, and walking away as soon as he approached them. Jamie even got into a physical altercation. You don’t want to respond to accusations by being hostile and aggressive.
It’s OK to defend yourself, but don’t be obnoxious, says Anh Trinh, managing editor of GeekWithLaptop. “The worst thing you can do is to act in a hostile and defensive manner,” says Trinh. “I know you have to defend yourself but acting aggressively will only stoke the flame and make things worse for you.”
Make sure your work is excellent
If you want to reduce your chances of getting thrown under the bus over a work situation, do what you can to make sure you always produce excellent work. It’s not enough to just be good enough. Ian Kelly, vice president of operations at NuLeaf Naturals, says the best approach is to go above and beyond and do your best every day. “The best way to blame-proof yourself is to develop a reputation as a solid co-worker with a strong work ethic and a great team player attitude,” said Kelly. “When people associate positive feelings with you, they will actively avoid blaming you.”
Jamie Reagan has a lot of growing to do
Jamie might have been wrongfully blamed, but he does have a lot of work to do when it comes to his attitude. He tends to sulk and get defensive. As long as he keeps doing a good job and improves his attitude, he should be fine going forward.
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