They stop talk­ing when you’re around

Herworld (Singapore) - - CHEATSHEETS -

#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.

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