Heed warnings to avoid being firedFeel like you've been getting the cold shoulder from your boss? Chances are it's all in your head. But if you're worried you might be right, check out the following six telltale signs that your boss is not your biggest fan.
1. He doesn't look you in eye
If your boss doesn't make eye contact with you while chatting about work or during meetings, it either irritates him to see your face or he's considering getting rid of you. If this is the case, it's probably time to brush up your résumé.
2. She excludes you from meetings
Are you included in less meetings or important discussions than you used to be? Are you the last to learn about department news or changes that affect you? If so, you've definitely annoyed her in some way. If you think she's accidentally forgetting to invite you, walk by the meeting room to give her a chance to wave you in. If you do that and she still doesn't ask you to join, it's a safe bet she doesn't want you there.
3. He goes to lunch with everyone but you
Remember the good ole days when you and the bossman would head off to lunch every now and then? If it's been more than six months since he's asked you to join him-and he's finding time to dine with others on the team-it might be time to start getting concerned.
4. She hasn't given you a review in months
Your boss isn't super invested in you if she's not giving you feedback on a regular basis. If your weekly or monthly one-on-one meetings to discuss workload and career path have fizzled out, so has your boss's interest in you.
5. He demotes you
If your boss likes you, no matter how poorly you perform, he's not going to demote you. Instead, he'll mentor you. But, if he's not a fan, he'll waste no time organizing a demotion. And beware of the "silent demotion." That's when your boss relieves you of much of yourresponsibility without mention or cause. If this happens, it's likely he's just keeping you around until he finds someone better.
6. She tells you point blank
If your boss says things like, "you're not meeting expectations" or "you're underperforming," she isn't happy with you. In fact, she's letting you know in no uncertain terms that if things don't change, she's going to let you go. If you find yourself in this situation, either change your ways or get ready for the impeding job search.
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