Ever have the feeling that your boss doesn’t care for you that much? You might be imagining things, but in most cases, you can trust your intuition. It could actually be true.
And while being tight with your boss isn’t mandatory for being happy at your job, feeling like your superiors at work openly dislike you can’t be fun.
Are you just being paranoid, or does your boss really not like you? Here are some signs to be on the lookout for.
1. Never Available for You
You: Hi, do you have a minute?
Your Boss: No, not really.
Is this happening to you a lot? Does it feel like your boss is avoiding you? This is a clear sign that he or she isn’t interested in your thoughts and concerns.
Bosses that make an effort to appear truly likable to their employees should be able to make time to talk to staff about their issues and questions, no matter how busy they are.
Good managers and bosses will always have time to listen to the ideas and concerns of their employees, no matter how trivial they might be.
If you are in a situation in which you feel as if you are being utterly ignored and avoided, then there’s a very good chance that your boss simply doesn’t want anything to do with you, for whatever reason.
2. Scolds You In Public
If a boss is reprimanding you and criticizing you constantly in front of coworkers or even guests, then you can be pretty sure that he or she does not like you.
It’s a terrible management technique and it also means that he or she has zero respect for you as a person and employee.
There’s nothing more uncomfortable and embarrassing than being reprimanded in public at work.
A boss that has respect for his or her employees knows that if there is ever a problem that needs to be discussed, it’s best to make time to talk to that employee in private and hash out their differences or come to a solution that will work for everyone involved.
Making mistakes on the job is an inevitable part of the workplace dynamic, but the way in which your boss or manager goes about letting you know about those mistakes can say a lot about how he or she feels about you as an employee and person.
3. Never Acknowledges You
Are all of the people who have been working as long as you getting promotions while you’re being left behind? Does your boss offer positive feedback to everyone but you? If so, there’s a good chance that he or she doesn’t like you.
If you see that your boss refuses to offer you a pat on the pack, even when you’re obviously doing good things, it’s safe to assume that your boss doesn’t have much of an opinion of you.
Positive reinforcement is very important in the workplace and it’s one of the greatest motivators that bosses can use in order to increase employee satisfaction and engagement.
If you’re doing good things day in and day out and never get commended for them, then it’s obvious that your boss doesn’t appreciate you in the slightest.
4. Excludes You
Where is everyone?
Have you noticed that your boss is organizing staff meetings and not inviting you? There could be two reasons for that, and both of them are bad.
Either your boss regularly forgets that you exist or he or she genuinely doesn’t want you around.
Pick your poison.
One of the most important aspects of creating a positive workplace culture is making sure that all employees feel appreciated and involved.
If your boss is behaving in a way that doesn’t enable you to feel as if you are an important staff member, your experience in that workplace will be anything but fulfilling.
5. Mocks Your Ideas
If you do manage to get your boss’s ear for a second, does he or she simply dismiss or mock your ideas?
Even if you really do have a dumb idea, a boss that appreciates you wouldn’t tell you so bluntly that it’s dumb.
Once again, positive reinforcement needs to be practiced by all bosses who want to build a positive work culture.
Making fun of their employees and humiliating them for speaking their minds is the worst possible thing that an employer can do when it comes to establishing a fun and enjoyable work culture.
6. Gives You Unimportant Tasks
Are you always the one who is sent out for coffee? Does your boss ask you to pick up his or her dry cleaning? It’s not really a task, it’s passive-aggressive punishment.
Whenever you’re the person who is getting assigned to the most menial tasks, it’s a sure-fire sign that your boss thinks you are one of the more disposal members of the team.
One of the best ways to keep your employees is to encourage them to develop within your company and groom your best employees for a future managerial role.
If your boss is not enabling you to grow and learn new things on the job, you can be certain that he or she doesn’t see you as a part of his long-term business plan.
What Should You Do About It?
Obviously, you should start looking for a new job.
But sometimes that’s just not an option. If you really need the job, but can’t go another day having to be subjected to this type of treatment, confront your boss.
Don’t be defensive or confrontational, simply ask what the problem is and what you can do to solve it.
Ask your boss to recommend things that you could do to improve yourself and see if something changes.
Be prepared to list your boss’ behaviors that have rubbed you wrong and all of the things you have done well at work. Take a shot and see what happens.