Do you spend hours lying awake at night wondering if your boss actually likes you, or trying to work out what their off-the-cuff comment in the Monday morning meeting actually meant? Or do you freak out if your boss asks you a question or comes within five metres of your desk?
Before you book yourself in to see a psychiatrist, here are six tell tale signs you can relax. If you notice any of these, your boss probably thinks you’re great.
They ask you about you.
It’s always a good sign if your boss treats you like a friend, and that starts with casual conversation.
Seeking you out for some general chit chat in a group situation means they view you as part of the team and want you on-side. And there’s bonus points if that dynamic extends to one-on-one situations.
One word of advice: don’t take it upon yourself to try and force the causal tone. If they want to talk business and you’re chatting about your weekend, you might end up doing more harm than good.
They hold you up as an example.
You’re sitting pretty if your boss holds you up as a point of reference for how things should be done.
Whether it’s the way you work, a project you nailed or just the glowing shine of your shoes, it’s great to get an endorsement for what you’re doing from the head honcho. Double that up if it’s in front of colleagues.
You’re assigned important projects.
The more responsibility you’re given at work, the more important you are to the business.
Of course to get assigned increased responsibility, you need to be recognised by the boss.
So if important projects start coming your way, you’re in the spotlight and being seen as a valuable asset in the almighty’s eyes.
They refer back to you in meetings.
While it can be easy to take a back seat in meetings, it’s better for your career to be on the front foot and have a vocal presence. This is made much easier if you take the time to do the work ahead of meetings.
If your input is balanced and adds value, you can bet your boss will start to lean on you for back up and ask for your opinion in the boardroom. And if they want to know what you think, that usually means they think you’re great, too.
They’ll take a chance on you.
Performance reviews at work can be somewhat subjective, so if you have your boss firmly on-side it’s much easier to progress without tickling all the official boxes.
Now obviously you need to be doing a great job too, but if the boss is happy to take a chance on you it’ll make climbing the ladder a lot easier.
You always get the inside word.
It’s always nice to get the inside running on plans for the future, whether that’s for the business as a whole, big projects coming up or the outlook for senior personnel. It’s motivating and helps you get a clearer idea of where you sit in the businesses plans going forward.
However, not everybody regularly gets these insights, so if your boss feels comfortable enough to share their plans with you, you can bet they think you’re alright.
Main image: The Office, BBC