My Boss Doesn’t Talk To Me

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about non-communicative boss.

I am a manager in my department, and my boss, who is a VP, does not talk to me at all, even just to ask, “How’s everything in my department”” She did not even do my annual review. Is this discrimination?

Signed, Doesn’t Know I’m Alive

Dear Doesn’t Know I’m Alive:

The fact that your boss doesn’t talk with you is not discrimination. It’s not good management practice, but discrimination pertains to unequal treatment based on such topics as race, national origin, religion, sex, disability, and age. Do you speak with your boss and does she not respond? Have you ever frankly asked her, “Why don’t you talk with me?” Have reported to her how things are going in your department or asked for her advice about any matter? I predict that you can change a pattern of not speaking or being spoken to. How?

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