8 Secrets Your Boss Is Keeping From You

Everyone has secrets. It’s not uncommon to have secrets in your personal life, but they can also cross over into your work life. Both co-workers and bosses are hiding things they would prefer no one to find out about. If you pause for a moment, you can probably come up with a handful of juicy tidbits you hope will never be uncovered. Your supervisor is no different.

Here are eight secrets your boss is keeping from you.

1. Your emails aren’t private


Although you might feel comfortable at work, that feeling is a false sense of security. Roughly 73% of employers use technology tools to monitor e-mail, and 40% have someone manually read and review email, according to research from the American Management Association. So if you’re tempted to complain about your boss or the company in a work email, resist the urge. Some companies are even able to read emails you’ve saved but never sent, according to attorney Lisa Guerin in her column for Nolo. Also, be careful when it comes to social media. Many employers pay close attention to their employees’ tweets and Facebook posts.

2. You’re training your replacement


Sometimes when a new hire joins a company, you might be asked to show him or her the ropes. However, be aware of how much and what type of information you’re being asked to share. If the newbie’s duties seem very similar to your current role, watch out. It’s possible you could be training your replacement. Obviously, your boss won’t tell you that. He or she might say the new hire will be shadowing you or needs additional guidance. Some other clues you’re being replaced are if the new hire is attending meetings in your place, your workload gets lighter, or you get a new, ambiguous title without a raise.

3. The company is stealing from you


You’d probably be shocked to learn some employers steal retirement contributions from their employees. In 2015, Employee Benefits Security Administration investigators recovered more than $4.9 million in retirement contributions that were stolen from employees. If your employer is a retirement account thief, your boss might know about it but choose to remain silent out of fear of losing his or her job.

4. You’re going to be laid off


Is your employer facing tough financial times? You might have some idea things aren’t going well, but some bosses won’t say exactly how bad things are. Even if you’re on the short list to get laid off, you likely won’t hear about it until human resources tells you to hand in your work ID and clean out your desk. If office supplies are rationed, paychecks aren’t arriving on time, and your boss has stopped making eye contact, you might want to start looking for another job. 

5. Your boss has favorites — and he’s besties with one of your co-workers


Sometimes being nice and working hard aren’t good enough. Either your boss likes you or he doesn’t. Part of the reason you might never be on excellent terms with your boss is because bosses sometimes play favorites. It’s also not unusual for your boss to be close friends with one of your teammates. Approximately 4 in 10 workers (39%) say they’re friends with their boss, according to a Career Builder survey.

6. Your boss is keeping a close eye on your sick days


You might think no one knows you faked sick to get a day off from work, but most of the time your boss is on to you. Roughly 40% of employees admitted to calling in sick during the past year when they weren’t, according to a Career Builder survey. This is up 5% from 2016. Bosses sometimes get suspicious if you develop a noticeable pattern when you call out sick. This is especially true if you have a habit of taking off Mondays or Fridays. The same survey also found approximately 38% of employers checked up on a sick worker, and 26% have fired someone after discovering a fake excuse was used.

7. Your boss is tolerating you until someone better comes along


Have you made several mistakes at work? Your days could be numbered. If you’ve been slipping up at work and you’re still around, it’s probably not because you’re a nice person or your boss is very forgiving. If you’re still employed after some major mistakes, your boss could secretly be looking to let you go. He or she might just be waiting for the right time, especially if you work in an office that’s understaffed.

8. Your boss pays attention to what you wear


When you first interview for a new job, you try to look your best. However, after you’ve gotten through the interview process and you’ve been with your employer for a while, you might be tempted to push the limits and express yourself a little more through your outfits. Your best bet is to be careful when it comes to clothing choices. If you think your boss and co-workers don’t care how you look at work, you’re wrong. A Salary.com survey found 56% of respondents said they judge their co-workers based on how they dress.

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