Ten Signs Your Manager Wants You Out
Via Forbes : There are many reasons why your boss might decide that you are not his or her cup of tea, even if your boss has been your staunch supporter in the past.
You don’t have to be struggling in your job to get on your manager’s bad side. In fact, you are more likely to rub your boss the wrong way by doing too good a job than by doing a poor job at work.
If your boss is a fearful person, he or she won’t be comfortable with your growing flame. In that case your manager may make it obvious that your future with the company is short. That’s the time to launch a stealth job search and find a new job before things get too uncomfortable.
Here are ten signs your manager wants you out!
They put up roadblocks for every project or initiative you suggest.
You already heard in an email message a month ago that your project had the go-ahead from the executives upstairs, but now your boss says “Put it on hold.” You ask “Why?” and the answer comes back “Because I said so.”
They take away your resources.
You had a full-time intern and a half-time administrator helping you on an important assignment but suddenly those two people are assigned to other tasks. What does it mean? It means that your fearful boss is afraid you’re getting too big for your britches. He or she doesn’t want to be outshone!
They limit or prohibit your access to decision-makers.
A fearful manager will tell you to communicate with the higher-ups exclusively through him or her. It’s easy to see why. If you are in regular communication with the top people in the organization, they might see that you are smarter and more capable than your manager is.
They stop answering your email and voicemail messages.
As a boss it is easy to impede your team members’ forward motion. All you have to do is ignore their email and voicemail messages. If your boss is doing that to you, it may mean that he or she is threatened by you.
They take you off your most high-impact and high-visibility assignments.
You’ll know that you’ve pushed your boss’s buttons unintentionally when they take you off your biggest projects and assign you to a project that anyone could do, or one that is a complete waste of time. A fearful boss will take you out of circulation rather than let you shine.
They pick at you over insignificant or imaginary slip-ups.
There’s no better way to rattle a high-performing team member than to pick at him or her over tiny missteps or to second-guess the employee’s decisions. If your boss who used to give you a lot of latitude is suddenly micro-managing you, the reason is most likely that he or she is afraid to let you run free!
They give your work to other people without telling you.
Every capable employee at some point runs into the situation where a co-worker says “Can I have those files from you?” and you say “Why?” The answer is “Our boss told me to take over that project.” The boss won’t tell you about it directly. That’s part of your boss’s sneaky plan to undermine you and chip away at your confidence.
They stop showing up for meetings with you.
You are on your boss’s hit list when they miss two or three meetings with you, don’t reschedule, don’t explain and don’t apologize.
They un-invite you from meetings you’ve attended for ages.
You attended a certain meeting for two years but now you’re not copied on the meeting invitations. What does it mean? It means that your boss has decided you are no longer friend, but rather foe.
They act put off, abrupt or irritated when you’re talking with them.
Last but not least a fearful manager will bristle and get irritated with you for no reason. They’ll make unreasonable demands. They’re trying to get you to quit because there’s no good reason to fire you. Should you quit? That depends on what you came to this job to get and how close you are to getting it!
Don’t feel bad when a manager who was formerly your champion turns into your foe. That’s a loud statement about your growing muscles! It isn’t fun or easy when you know that your boss is not on your side, but if you didn’t occasionally have that influence on someone you’d never know that you are growing in expertise and credibility.
Fearful managers don’t want anybody to be more credible or competent than they are!
Life is long, and when your flame is even higher than it is now and your platform is big, your formerly-jealous boss will claim your triumphs. He or she will be the first person to say “You learned everything you know from me!” Try your best to be gracious when that time comes. Living well is the best revenge, after all!
Liz Ryan is the CEO and founder of Human Workplace. Follow her on Twitter and read the rest of her Forbes.com columns here.
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