5 signs your boss doesn’t care about your career

over 1 year ago by Daniel Stargatt

Do you ever get the feeling that your boss just isn’t interested in your career progression? Don’t get get me wrong, we’re not saying they’re a monster, just that they they don’t consider your career as a priority to the success of the business or as part of their role. Being ambitious and driven is key to a successful career, however it’s just as important to have a boss who also supports your development and progression.

Having a boss who doesn’t support you and your career can often lead to you feeling under valued, frustrated and worse of all can have a negative impact on your confidence. We have listed our top five tell-tale signs that your boss isn’t as interested in your career and development as they should be…


Your boss doesn’t offer feedback, advice or support

Do you constantly feel alone at work? Are you itching for some constructive feedback and guidance on areas of your job where you feel you lack knowledge or experience?

Some will look at this as trust, because your boss trusts that you don’t need help, as you are more than capable of getting on with the task at hand. However, if your boss is never around to offer advice or guidance to you then it could be a sign that they aren’t interested in your personal development and it could cause you to develop bad habits and not learn and progress as quickly as you should do.

Your ideas and opinions are never heard

Do you feel like your ideas and opinions are ignored or even worse you don’t have the opportunity to input at all? We know this can often lead to feeling frustrated, but it also means you don’t get the chance to show what you are capable of when it comes to creative thinking or improving processes.

Your boss isn’t interested in your goals

We’re not saying that your boss needs to best friends with you, but your boss should have a solid understanding of your career goals and what you want to achieve. Knowing your ambitions and your goals are crucial to help your boss understand what motivates you and ensuring they can keep you stimulated and engaged with your role.

You’re never told you are doing well

Do you feel like you are never told that you are doing a great job by your boss? We all need a pat on the back every once in a while but if you feel like you never get a “well done” it could be because they aren’t aware of the good work you are producing. We suggest you make them aware by talking to them, if you don’t then your frustration will just mount up and you will start to feel undervalued and less engaged with your work.

No mention of promotion or salary increase

Has it been a while since you last had a conversation about your next step in the business? Or even worse you have never had a conversation about your next step in the business? Yes it depends on the size of the business and what opportunities are available but it’s key to completely understand what your progression opportunities are and what you need to do to achieve them.

What next…

So there you have it. We hope you don’t relate to any of these, but if you do then don’t panic. The key to trying to turn this situation around is by speaking to your boss and being open with them by raising your concerns, in a constructive way. Ask them about your career opportunities within the business, and even ask what are their plans are for your progression within the business.

If the answer to these questions are positive then great, but if it’s negative then at least you know where you stand. We’re not saying jump ship straight away but it will probably be a good idea to look at your options and just see what other opportunities are available.

The best way to do this is by getting in touch with us, as we have loads of great opportunities and strong relationships with clients that are open to hearing of great candidates that are actively looking at new opportunities. Alternatively, you can check out all of our current construction jobs and if you see one that you like the sound of simply apply with your CV.

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