The feedback stops
When your boss no longer invests time in your professional development or you notice a clear lack of interest, there’s probably a reason for it. While some may have the misconception that when bosses aren’t happy they show overt discontent, the fact is that many express unhappiness in an employee’s performance by simply tuning them out. If you become aware that meetings are cancelled or discussions are cut short, it’s time to step up and get noticed. Schedule a meeting with your boss (instead of a spontaneous chat) and present them with documentation on your work accomplishments. Inquire about how you can grow and hopefully they will understand your desire to up your game and keep communication open and honest.
There’s no room for advancement
While it may be your goal to advance within the company, if your boss is unhappy with you, they may have their own ideas about where you belong within the organization. If you feel you are a well-qualified candidate for a higher position or think you deserve a pay increase but are not being considered, it’s time to get to the bottom of your boss’ reservations. Being overlooked without any clear explanation can be frustrating, so make a point to ask your boss his/her reasons for shutting you down. Hopefully they will provide tips (such as sprucing up your resume) for how you can nab that position, but if they continue to be disinterested with no clear reasons why, it may be time to look for employment elsewhere.
You’re being micromanaged
If your boss is not happy with you, for whatever reason, there is a lack of trust. This may cause them to change from a more hands-off boss to a real micromanager. If you suddenly feel like your work is being questioned and you’re constantly being managed, sit down with your boss and ask them about their skepticism. If there are things they feel you can improve on then take their advice to heart. But, if you feel as though there’s no real reason for them to be looming over your shoulder, express your concerns openly. If you can find out what concerns they have and work toward remedying them, you may be able to restore that trust and get them back to managing more from afar.