Our jobs present plenty of opportunities for stress. But add in a boss who's a poor communicator -- especially when it comes to how he or she judges your performance -- and your stress and job insecurity can increase exponentially.
“When you find your name no longer is on the email distribution list that it used to be on or you’re not invited to strategic meetings," Siegel said, "that would be an indicator to you that you are no longer central to the enterprise."
Siegel goes on to describe other ways some bosses distance themselves, from becoming less available for social engagements to assigning you to an unimportant fragment of a project.
Siegel added, “all of these kinds of messages that bosses are trying to give you are indirect ways that they are expressing a level of dissatisfaction with what you’re doing and they’re feeling very awkward about communicating this directly to you. So many bosses, almost unconsciously, pursue some less conscious and inadvertent ways to communicate this to you.”
Our advice? Talk to your boss directly, because as Siegel explains, “What’s really happening with all of these [signs] is your boss is trying to transfer their responsibility to talk to you with you.”
To hear more of the conversation, watch the full HuffPost Live clip in the video above.