It's a boss' job to point out areas for improvement and help you grow. And so, if you're on the wrong track, or falling short of expectations, you expect them to let you know.
But, of course, constructive criticism is only one kind of feedback.
Positive feedback matters too. It's motivating to know that your efforts are seen and your work is valuable. Not just that, but it's easier to believe in yourself if you feel that others believe in you, too.
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But not everyone has a supervisor who makes it a point to give praise. And even if your manager has the best intentions, things get busy.
The great news is: Even if no one's taking the time to say, "good job," there are signs you can look for that tell you that yes, you are crushing it — and your boss know it too!
Look for one (or more) of these three things: