It’s one of the questions our Working guy, Brandon Smith, gets most often:
“I think my boss doesn’t like me. How can I tell?”
He says, bluntly, that’s because bosses are usually terrible communicators, and maybe slightly scared.
“They don’t do a good job of letting people know where they stand. As a result, what pops in our head is, ‘Does she like me? What if he doesn’t like me?’” said Smith, who teaches about workplace culture and communication, among other things, at Emory and Georgia State universities.
He said it’s common for bosses to dislike some of the people they supervise. But instead of being able to handle that, it “often plays out in unhealthy ways.”