Can’t we just all get along?

Have you ever felt like it didn’t matter how well you did your job at work because your boss didn’t like you anyway? Have you ever been surprised to find out that your manager really did like you?
Brandon Smith, the working guy, helps us with some tips to figure out whether or not we’re liked at work.
1. If you get a vague performance review, it could be a sign that you are doing a good job, but that your boss doesn’t like you much, Smith says.
2. A demotion could be a managers way to encourage an employee to find another job.
3. The cold shoulder: being able to meet with your boss less than 30 minutes every two weeks could signal problems.
4. Rejection: “If you’re not ever getting invited to big meetings or introductions to executives, and you watch a colleague or colleagues get invited, then you may have a problem.”

Brandon Smith teaches about leadership, communication, and workplace culture at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. More of his advice is on his blog and at

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