Things may not be as bad at work as you thought. Having a good relationship with your boss is an integral part of professional success. After all, your career is in his hands. He chooses who to hire, promote, or fire. Bates Communications CEO and author of All the Leader You Can Be, Suzanne Bates, helps you sort out the subtle signs you are on the right track.
1.You are being treated harshly
The boss, recognizing your potential, can frequently assess your work and not always positively. Some would call this the principle of “beats means loves.” And all because your boss sincerely believes that you can adequately take his criticism and are ready for more responsibility.
There is another option; you are not particularly criticized, but they are not praised either. The management may believe that you already know your worth and will not give you appreciation because of this, or forgets to give a positive assessment because you are constantly doing a lot of tasks perfectly. Instead of expecting a kind word, ask your boss for frank criticism of your work – it will be more effective.
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2. You are being tested
It turns out it’s not so bad if you get overwhelmed from time to time.
The leader sometimes gives you more tasks than you think you can complete. However, not because he wishes to punish you. This is a kind of challenge, accepting which, you can once again prove your worth.
Suzanne Bates, CEO of Bates Communications
3. Your opinion is appreciated
Stop worrying about whether your boss likes you or not. Because the most important thing is whether he respects you, whether he listens to your opinion on important issues. Mutual sympathy is not all that important if you are making a valuable contribution to the company’s development.
If your leader often asks your opinion on the issues discussed during the meeting, gives you enough time to talk, and then positively evaluates your viewpoint, this is a good sign.
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4. The first step is to contact you
If the boss comes to you with a new assignment, this is a clear sign that they see you as a valuable employee. It doesn’t matter whether you need to solve a simple issue or take on a serious project.
5. They make you an example
When other employees find it difficult to complete a task, and the boss sends them to you for help, an example, or guidance, it says a lot.
6. You are entrusted with important tasks
If you are asked to deal with key clients, this is undeniably proof that he trusts you. Leaders often delegate responsibilities to the most talented employees. You might not win a medal, but you can take on a significant project and possibly even manage others.
7. People are interested in your business
If the manager appreciates you and does not want to lose, he will periodically ask whether you are happy with everyone or your plans. This is not an interrogation – such conversations help him understand how to keep good employees.
8. You are asked to teach others
If your boss constantly asks you to supervise newcomers, it may seem like he is just overloading you with additional work. In some cases, it is.
However, it could also imply that he is happy with your accomplishments and wants future hires to benefit from your expertise. Instead of complaining about the pressure that has fallen, take advantage of the possibility to develop your leadership abilities and highlight your experience.
Adapted and translated by The Cop Cart Staff
Sources: Life hacker