Manager Blows Hot and Cold

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about boss who is cold at times: I really don’t want to approach her and not have her look at me when I am talking. I don’t know if something is going on with her personal life

I was really excited about working at this new company because my Manager came across as a very strong, competent, fair person. I felt she was someone I could emulate. As the months progressed, I noticed that she sometimes talks to her staff in a condescending way in front of others and she can be cold and non-engaging. For example, she came in one day and just stayed in her cube. Normally she comes around to see how everyone is doing and if anyone needs help. On this day she didn’t engage. I went up to her to ask a question and she never turned her face from her computer. She answered me but I could tell her interest was half-hearted. I thought that was rude. I don’t want to say that I was hurt because the workplace is not a place for personal feelings but I just felt a little let down by her attitude and it made me not really want to approach her in the future for anything.I asked other co-workers if they noticed how odd she was acting and they voiced my same observations. If she’s a manager, why is she acting like this?

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