WORDS BY SIMON SMITH
The only thing stranger than the relationship you have with your girlfriend's father is the one with your boss. It can be a hard one to negotiate.
When the honeymoon period is over and you've given up ass-kissing your boss may take a turn for the worse.
Have he/she boss stopped introducing you to new clients? Has it been years since your last pay rise? Do you think your boss has started to hate you? If so, here are the 4 telltale signs. The signs may be subtle but obvious if you're looking for them.
THEY START MICROMANAGING
Bosses micromanage for a number of reasons: a need for assuming constant control, or insecurity at some level. If you feel your boss has ramped up his/her involvement in your work alone then it could mean they fundamentally don't trust you or believe you're capable of doing your job properly. Prevent this from developing into bullying behaviour by scheduling a meeting and bringing it up.
THEY STOP GIVING A SHIT
This is essentially the opposite to micromanaging. When you have fallen out of favour with your boss, he/she can constantly give you the cold shoulder. Essentially they really aren't interested. Your boss may give your short answers like "fine" or "okay" when you ask a question or tell them something. They may not provide any feedback not giving any feedback which shows indifference toward your performance and future growth.
THEY EXCLUDE YOU
Another sign that you're not in your boss's good books is your unexplained exclusion from meetings/events/tasks that normally would involve you. As you sit at your desk watching everyone file into a meeting room, you realise it wasn't an accident you didn't get the memo. Approach your boss directly and explain that you can't do your job effectively if you're kept out of meetings and aren't privy to information.
THEY HAVE BAD BODY LANGUAGE
This could be a whole range of signs, whether it's a subtle eye roll, constantly assuming a closed-off position with arms folded across their chest, or they don't look up from their computer screen when you enter their office, your boss's body language will often reveal their true feelings towards you.