In this episode, we’ll address the issue of employees feeling neglected by their bosses and explore the potential reasons behind it.
The Cold Shoulder Phenomenon
It’s not a coincidence that in the 11 months since I created my calendar for Tuesdays at Two, I’ve received reports from people who claim to be getting the “cold shoulder” from their bosses. This is indicative of the current economic climate and the shifting landscape of careers, with increasing layoffs. So, let’s delve into why this may be happening and what you can do about it.
The Significance of Boss-Employee Communication
In my professional opinion, a boss should always be willing to meet with their team, whether the news is positive or negative. When a previously communicative boss suddenly stops meeting with their employees, it raises a red flag.
Addressing Communication Issues
It’s essential to consider different factors when a boss stops communicating. First, discuss your observations with your colleagues, both within your team and potentially in other teams that your boss oversees. If others are experiencing the same issue, it may indicate a broader problem.
Taking on Additional Responsibilities
One approach to overcoming the communication barrier is to volunteer for additional work and responsibilities. This could help break down the barriers that have been erected.
If communication issues persist, consider approaching your human resources department to express your concerns. HR is there to listen to your frustrations and may have insights into any ongoing business changes.
Escalating to the Boss’s Boss
If all else fails, and you are still unable to break the communication barrier, you may need to escalate the matter to your boss’s boss. This can open up new communication channels and potentially resolve the issue.
Preparing for a Restructure or Layoff
If the sudden communication stoppage continues, it might signal an impending business restructure or layoffs. Be prepared for this possibility and consider reviewing your resume and LinkedIn profile to ensure they are up to date.
If you are laid off, make sure to review your severance package carefully. It’s often beneficial to seek legal advice and consult with friends and family before accepting any offer.
Networking and Job Search Planning
As you navigate through the emotional challenges of job loss, start your job search planning. Focus on networking, updating your resume and LinkedIn profile, and ensuring you are compensated fairly based on your tenure.
Remember, you are in charge of your career. Effective career management is a continuous process. Stay proactive in managing your career, and if you need assistance or advice, feel free to reach out for a no-obligation 30-minute resume or CV critique.