It’s easy to fear the worst of someone when that someone has control over your financial security and, in a lot of ways, your general sense of well-being.
In other words, a bad boss relationship is no small thing. Whether they’re an actively toxic manager or just simply don’t seem to care much for you, the spillover effects of these dynamics can be pretty extreme. Sometimes it can be hard to tell, though, where you stand with a manager — especially if they’re the hot-and-cold type. And if you’re left constantly guessing where you stand with this person, that’s its own form of workplace abuse. In short, you deserve to feel respected at work, especially by the person you’re reporting to.
Below, here are the signs that, at the end of the day, your boss really doesn’t have any respect for you. (The subtext being: these are the signs it might be time to find a new boss!)
An employer who respects you will also respect your right to unplug, and that goes not just for vacation time, but during after-work hours, too. If you have a boss who behaves as though they have the right to access you whenever they feel you’re needed, that’s a clear sign of disrespect.
If it feels like you’ve been set up to fail, that isn’t a normal or okay sensation. If your boss respects you as a worker and as a human being, they’ll want you to feel adequately set up and supported to do well in your job.
Sometimes, anxious or insecure bosses will feel the need to micromanage purely because of their own (misguided) approach to leadership, and not as a reflection on you. Other times, a boss who doesn’t respect you will let that lack of respect be known by insisting on surveying your work closely or being overly involved in your daily goings-on.
And if you do offer any of the above, they don’t take it seriously.
A good employer — one who respects you — will make a regular practice of asking for your input. You’ll feel like your perspective is sought and is valued. If you don’t feel that way, and your boss makes a point of brushing off your attempts at sharing your thoughts, that’s a red flag they don’t respect you.
It feels like you’re constantly having to find out about company news — even news that impacts your specific team — from other people. Your boss doesn’t make an effort to keep you filled in on the big picture, including by keeping you out of meetings that you could benefit from.
A boss who respects and values you will regularly meet with you, both to share their own constructive feedback and to give you the space to air your thoughts and ideas. If your boss asks to meet with you and your gut assumption is that it’s because you’ve done something wrong, that could be a sign they aren’t engaging enough with you ordinarily.
If your boss lacks respect for you, that may be clear based on the negative facial expressions or loaded body language they use around you — say, a strategically timed eyeroll when you’re speaking.
If your boss regularly interrupts you, it could be due to a lack of self-awareness on their part. It could also be a sign of disrespect for you, as they’re choosing to not even feign interest in the things you have to say.
Bosses who lack respect for their employees won’t think twice about claiming work you’ve done as theirs. If a boss has taken credit for something you’ve done, have a conversation about it. If it was an honest mistake, they’ll want to correct it and ensure that you get proper recognition. If it happens again, though, you’ll know they’re taking credit on purpose, which is a blatant sign of disrespect.