They say it is just business it isn’t personal. But what happens when it is in fact personal? How do you know if your boss is having a bad day or just doesn’t like you personally? Here are some signs to watch out for.
Grunt Work: Sure, there are jobs that must be done in every company that no one wants to do. But why is it that you always get stuck with bathroom detail and taking out the trash? Isn’t that what the cleaning crew was hired for? Your boss may be giving you tasks that you might find demeaning or demoralizing just to bring you down.
No Rest for the Weary: When was your last vacation? Has it been a while? You may find yourself covering everyone’s vacation time while your request for some much needed rest and relaxation continues to be denied. Perhaps senior staffers get preferential time off, but when you’re covering the new hire’s spring break, you know there’s a problem.
Relocate This: Getting transferred to an undesirable branch of the company is a sure sign your boss doesn’t like you very much. No one wants to head up the new division of ski sales and distribution in the Arctic. Wait a minute; does your company even have a division in the Arctic? Hey!
Extreme Measures: Discipline isn’t just for children. We all make mistakes in our daily work. But when your boss goes overboard and throttles you in front of other coworkers for bringing him the wrong kind of creamer he’s went a little too far. Especially when Frank, in accounting, made the exact same mistake yesterday and all he got was a mild reprieve and sent back to the break room to fetch the correct creamer.
Strictly Confidential: You never told a soul except your boss that you had to have a wart removed off your big toe. And you only told him about it because you had to know whether the company health insurance would cover the costs. So why does everyone know about “Little Harry”, as coworkers have come to lovingly call it? A boss doesn’t like you when they spread personal information that can tarnish your image.
Before you start looking for another job, consider approaching your boss about their reproachful behavior. It may all be a misunderstanding. On the other hand, they may plainly state that they don’t like you. Hey, at least you know where you stand with them.