You’ve been working at your job for quite some time now, and something isn’t quite…right. You can definitely feel a tension with your boss that wasn’t there before. While employer/employee conflict can be normal (and even expected) there are times when it can mean a whole lot more than what it seems. Here are five ways to tell if your boss secretly wants you resign…ASAP.
You have less to do. Your coworkers are burning the midnight oil working on their projects. But your workload has decreased considerably. If you find that some of your previous responsibilities are slowly being stripped away, it could be a sign that your boss is hoping that you hand in your resignation letter.
You’re moved to another area. Your cubicle used to be smack dab in the middle of the office, where you mingled with your manager all the time. Suddenly, your spot got moved down the long hallway and right next to the mailroom. While you don’t mind having Jimmy the mail guy as an officemate, you’d prefer to sit with your coworkers instead. Being excluded from the tribe, so to speak, might be a subtle move on the part of your boss to get you to quit.
You’re not included in emails. During an all-staff meeting, your boss makes a reference to an email outlining a new initiative that everyone will participate in. Thing is, you never got the email. Or the previous ones, either. Being excluded from communication is a clear signal that something may be wrong between you and your boss.
Your boss points out your mistakes. Everybody goofs at some point during his or her job. But it seems that your boss lives to point out every error that you make—loudly, and in front of the rest of the staff, too. If you find that every little thing you do irks your boss, you should sit down with her to find out what the root cause of it is—and if it’s more serious than you thought.
Your boss hires someone else. While working from home, you receive an email from your boss alerting you of a new hire. She wants you to help train the newbie, which is fine, except that you are training her for your exact job. You knew that you weren’t the boss’ pet, but you didn’t think that you’d be getting a not-so-subtle hint to resign, either. Before you are let go, though, you can do something to change the situation. Try improving your job performance or collaborating with her to find new ways to improve your working relationship. You just be able to rescue your relationship with her—and your job, too.
Jennifer Parris writes about career topics for FlexJobs.com. Working Mother Media and FlexJobs have partnered to help workingmother.com readers find flexible work solutions—such as telecommuting, freelance, part-time and flexible schedule jobs—for themselves. Learn more here_._