Watch out for these subtle signs.
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Be it taking credit for a business idea or chewing food in an irritating manner, sometimes we do not realise that we are pestering our co-workers because of these annoying behaviour.
In our personal lives, it becomes really easy for us to be with our kind of people. But at the workplace, this becomes really difficult as it can create a larger problem.
Doing a great job can earn you your co-workers respect but it isn't enough. You also have to be liked, or at least not actively disliked.
Independent revealed some subtle signs that your co-workers secretly hate you but there can be chances that you may just be misreading their body language or tone.
Here are the signs that can tell you that your co-workers secretly hate you:
- You are being avoided.
If you pay heed to the actions of your co-worker, they can be seen avoiding you by the stairs when they see you waiting for the elevator or they wait until you return from the break room before they head in.
- They don't acknowledge your presence.
Not wishing "good morning" or "have a great night" can be a sign that they don't like you.
- They don't have elaborate conversations with you.
If your colleague always responds with short terms, then this may be a sign that they're not fond of you.
- They don't like to get personal.
If you notice that your colleagues speak with each other about their families, but never bring up these topics with you, they're probably just not interested in hearing about your life.
- They never invite you to social events.
If you never make the cut for lunch, happy hour or project meetings over coffee, your co-workers may be trying to send you a message that they don't want to hang out with you.
- Stealing the credit.
Some work people can also try to drive you out by stealing your ideas and taking the whole credit for it.
- High school cliques.
If you are not invited to hang out or sit together for a coffee, then it is a sign that your colleagues probably don't like you very much.
- Lack of trust.
If you're questioned about your motives on a regular basis or your co-workers only dole out information on a need-to-know basis, they may be trying to sabotage your career.
- They never make you or your work a priority.
Another big sign your co-workers despise you is that they never make your concerns or problems a priority and they don't treat your work with the same level of urgency that they do your colleagues.
- They try to encourage you to leave the company.
At the end, if they don't like you, they will surely try to kick you out of the office as soon as possible.
And to avoid all this, one has to be well-liked, which in turn will make you more productive, focused, creative and successful in everything you do.