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How To Tell if Your Boss Doesn’t Like You

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Is the relationship you have with your boss a little cantankerous at the moment? Are you worried he or she isn’t digging your flavor as they say?

If your boss hates you and you don’t know why that’s a big problem. You can’t do much to correct the problem until you know why.

According to Men’s Health, here are four signs that your boss may not be all that in to you:

They don’t clear their desk when you come in. People put up barriers when they don’t like someone. If you sit down and your boss moves something like a coffee cup or a pile of papers in between you, that might mean they don’t want you there.

They aim their body away from you. If you’re talking to your boss in a one-on-one setting and the boss sits facing off to the side, that’s a sign of distrust. When someone likes you, they tend to face directly toward you, often times with their hands placed on their desk.

They talk in front of you. This is more for male bosses, who typically stand side-by-side with employees they like.  When a boss has a tendency to stand facing you to talk, it generally means they don’t see you as a friend.

They only email you. A boss who likes an employee will stop by their desk or workspace to talk, or call you for a real time conversation. If your boss sends you nothing but emails all the time, that could be a problem. Email creates separation. If that’s all you get from your boss, it might be a sign that they really don’t want to talk to you at all.

There you have it, the four early warning signs that your boss isn’t in to you. If your supervisor is displaying some of that behavior towards you and you’re paranoid and don’t know what to do. Start by trying these five things:

  • Making sure you’re always on time.

 

  • Work on your follow through.

 

  • Communicate well with your boss and co-workers.

 

  • Stay motivated.

 

  • Offer to help whenever possible.

Hopefully by working on these 5 things it will help prevent something worse from happening like; getting a bad review, a demotion, a transfer or the absolute worst thing, getting handed your walking papers.

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