5 signs your boss does not like you

Sometimes it’s completely obvious when your boss doesn’t like you. But sometimes, it’s not so clear. Here are five subtle signs that your boss doesn’t like you:

You’re not getting any reviews or feedback.

Although it might seem like getting negative reviews or feedback is worse, it’s actually getting no reviews that you should be worried about. If your boss has stopped even bothering with reviews of any kind, it could very well be because he or she doesn’t think you’ll be around all that much longer so they have stopped worrying about correcting problems.

Your boss has stopped holding you accountable.

If it’s suddenly become okay for you to stroll in late or miss meetings without giving any notice, that’s usually the sign of a problem. If your boss has always been laid back and taken pride in nurturing a flexible work environment, that’s one thing – but if they’ve suddenly changed and become okay with things that didn’t used to be okay, that’s a problem. Again, if they aren’t holding you accountable or aren’t giving you responsibilities, it’s a sign that they’ve given up on you or that they see you as a placeholder for the next person.

You got a bad spot.

Where you sit shows a lot about what your boss thinks of you. It’s the type of thing you might reasonably think that you shouldn’t read into – but, in fact, you should. Remember in Office Space how the management moved Milton’s office to the basement to try to get him to quit? Obviously that’s a movie, but the point is valid. If your boss gives you the worst office space – and keeps you there – it might be a sign they don’t like you.

Your boss is becoming inaccessible.

Some bosses can be notoriously hard to connect with, but if you notice that your boss is suddenly becoming less accessible, there might be a problem. Although everyone goes through busy periods at work, if you suspect there’s more to it than that, you’re probably right.

Your boss’s gestures don’t match with what they’re saying.

Hand motions are a big part of body language, and if your boss is being sincere – not hiding his or her distaste for you – the hand motions will match up with what they’re saying. If they don’t match – like if your boss says, “I think you are a great employee,” but points at you after saying it instead of while speaking – you might have a problem.

Can Akdeniz

Can Akdeniz is the author of seven books and founder of Business Hacker, a popular business blog. His books such as Go Nuts, Cool Boss, Happy Company and MBA 2.0 have changed how people think about business, productivity and work.