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All bosses ask questions, but if yours is constantly asking you “why?” it can be a subtle sign they are upset with you, says Mary Pharris, career counselor and director of business development at Fairygodboss. Examples may include “Why did you meet with that person?” or “Why did you think this was a good idea?” The best way to deal with this is to ask your boss, in person, what’s with the third degree. Use a neutral tone and resist the urge to get defensive. Need more insight into your manager’s thinking? Check out these 50 secrets your boss won’t tell you, but you definitely need to know.
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If your boss sends you terse or curt e-mails, it can be a serious sign that they’re mad at you, especially if they’re normally more verbose, Pharris says. “Try not to read too much into email tone alone as it may just be they are in a hurry that day,” she explains. However, if it’s become an ongoing pattern or there are other signs your work relationship is crumbling, it’s time to chat with your boss, she says. The key is to talk in person as tone in emails can often be misinterpreted.