Your boss is that one person you want to impress at your workplace and the reason is not far-fetched.
Their impression of you is important because they make decisions regarding your promotion, formally review your performance, and usually play a significant role in your overall happiness and success at work.
If your boss doesn’t like you, they’ll likely keep it to themselves, as they understand the need to keep the relationship professional and to not play favorites in the office.
In this regard, you have to learn to read the subtle and not-so-subtle signs.
Here are some signs that you are not liked by your boss
1. You are micromanaged
If your boss increases the time he gives you even when you are qualified for that role, requires you to get approval before making decisions, asks to see more paperwork documenting those decisions, or watches you at meetings more closely, this is a sign that you are being micromanaged.
In some cases, this can even lead to mild bullying behavior, where the boss is so consumed with monitoring your every step that it begins to feel like a form of intimidation.
2. You are never involved in key decisions or projects
When they don’t include you in big decisions related to your sphere of influence, it may be because your boss doesn’t trust your opinion.
You’ve probably expressed interest in projects that you think you’re qualified for, but you are never chosen for the role. Instead, your boss takes the lead or gives it to someone else he or she manages.
Any signs of being shut out or excluded in any way is a major red flag that your boss has a problem with you,
3. You have a gut feeling
If you feel like your boss doesn’t like you, it could just be in your head. But it can also be true. If they treat you very differently than everyone else, you’re probably not their favorite person. Trust your gut and continue looking for other signs if you have a strong feeling about this.
4. You never get positive feedback
Some managers are just bad at giving positive feedback, but if he praises others and leaves you unrecognized, that’s a sign that it reflects something about his assessment of you.
If your boss goes out of their way to openly criticize you or constantly shuts down your ideas in a meeting, chances are they don’t like you.
5. You are always ignored
If your boss ignores your messages, forgets to return your calls or cancels meetings with you on a regular basis but only reaches out to pressure you about tasks, she may not like you.
6. Your personal wellbeing is not their concern
Did you fall ill and had to miss work for some days but your boss refused to ask after your health and wellbeing when you resumed?
These are surefire signs that your boss doesn’t care about how you feel, physically or emotionally, and only cares about things directly related to work.
If you notice that your boss speaks with everyone else about their personal life hobbies, but never brings up these topics with you, they’re probably just not interested in hearing about your life.
What you should do?
If you like your job and have a good relationship with the rest of your team, focus on your relationships with your teammates and being less concerned with developing a strong relationship with your boss.
Recognize that your goal is to get your work done and to please them with a solid work product.
However if your boss constantly treats you differently than everyone else or you are so uncomfortable at work that it has a negative impact on your mental and emotional health, it may be time to start looking for another job.