There are not many bosses, who are open and willing to clearly convey their mind or impressions to their sub-ordinates! On other hand, most sub-ordinates hesitate to talk candidly to their bosses. The result is both bosses and sub-ordinates work in respective mental compartments; build opinions, expectations, hopes or frustration and Pandora’s box opens only during yearly appraisal or considerations! Often employees get a shock when they come to know the way they have been recognized or rewarded!!
So, how about trying to learn to infer or interpret boss’ behavior towards you on a routine basis and take timely actions to correct or improve the situation?
Faint signals from a boss
It is a good idea to learn body language, which really reveals a lot what’s going on in someone’s mind.
If positive impression of boss is building in your favor, you would get following signals:
- If you happen to come across boss in corridor or elevator of your office premise, he (no gender bias) would not be stern faced, looks into your eyes and greets you.
If he does not look into your eyes but greets, it is not for any love for you; it is more out of his habit.
- He responds to your important e mail communications within 24 hours or to not-so-important mails within 48 hours.
- If he has to communicate an official message to select group of employees in his department, he includes you.
- If he comes to know that you have done a good job, he on his own sends you a message of compliments.
- If you seek an appointment to meet him, he takes no time to give you time.
- He grants you leave or permission to depart from office early on 3 consecutive occasions with no question asked.
Clear signals of dissatisfaction
If your supervisor starts to become uncomfortable, you would notice the following developments, in addition to reverse of above 6 points:
- He does not come to your work place without a purpose for a month or more and inquire how are you or how is work or like?
- In departmental meeting, he appears to be non-attentive to what you are talking or contributing to discussion.
- If you bump into him while leaving office in evening, he does not say “see you again” or “bye; have a nice evening”.
- When challenging opportunity comes up, he ignores you.
- He does not overload you with responsibilities.
- If you meet him with prior appointment, he gives you impression that he does not have enough time to listen and understand your points or issues.
You would also find that he attends to incoming calls, which are non-customer or not from his seniors and cuts on time meant for you.
Loud signals for his love for you!
If your boss is impressed or overwhelmed by you, then you can expect clear signals like:
- He will take initiative to call you and discuss some departmental issues, he is facing. While doing so, he would share with you some of his personal issues or stories.
- In a group meeting, either he would not close any point without seeking your opinion or he would take extra efforts to side with you.
- If you do a good job, he would not only send you e mail of compliments but also visit your work place to thank you.
- You would start to hear from your peers that boss was talking good of you or you would face envy of your peers for being in boss’ good books.
- He would welcome your suggestions or initiative openly in group meetings.
- If he speaks anything harsh to you, he may later be unduly regretful on one to one basis.
Finally, the best bet is to maintain open communication with your boss to regularly understand his expectations and seek feedback on your performance.
I would be happy to know whether above is helpful to you.