They stop talking when you’re around
#2: It’s normal to engage in more workrelated topics in front of the boss. However, it’s a red ag if, instead of making a smooth transition to such topics, your employees cut the conversation once you enter the room. This shows that they do not consider you part of their group, says Jaya. “The moment my boss is nearby, my colleagues and I stop talking,” says Doris Kwoh, a customer service executive. “We feel very uncomfortable because we know that he’s staring at us.” What’s more, her boss once e-mailed her supervisor, remarking that Doris was “distracted at work” after he saw her chatting – no prizes for guessing why they clam up when he’s around.