3 signs your manager's breadcrumbing you at work (and what to do about it)
Breadcrumbing — aka leaving small crumbs to lead someone on — is a notorious term in relationships. Yet breadcrumbing can also happen at work. Have you kept with a job because you thought you'd get promoted one day, but that day never came? Has your supervisor promised you more responsibility, but only given you small, one-off projects? Here are 3 signs your manager's breadcrumbing you at work — and how to take action if they apply to you.
1. Your manager speaks of career advancement opportunities, but never gives you any chance to take advantage of them.
If these opportunities do arise, your manager doesn't recommend you — even when you're 100% qualified.
2. Your manager constantly asks you to do work outside of your job description — specifically housekeeping tasks that take away from your real job — and praises you for it.
3. Your manager doesn't start or even avoids conversations about promotions and raises.
If you relate to any of these three signs, first consider having a conversation with your manager. Make a case for yourself and demonstrate all the hard work you've been doing and why you deserve career advancement opportunities. If you speak with your manager and they refuse to give you the time of day, it may be time to consider other opportunities.
Have you been breadcrumbed at work? How did you address it?