1. She's not big on compliments Bosses pay more attention to stuff-ups. So even if she stops by your office to say "Good work on that report," she might not offer extended commentary.
2. Her boss knows your name If you go to an executive-level meeting and your manager's boss says, "Oh, Lauren - I've heard wonderful things about you," it means your manager has been talking you up around the company. Sweet.
3. He sends you to events alone He trusts you to represent the company in his absence. Only prized employees get sent off into the corporate wilderness wearing the company name tag.
4. She piles on the work It's normal to think, "She must hate me". But most bosses will tell you that the employee who gets the most work is the one they know will get it done.
5. You've seen him get upset Not at you, but with other people. If you've seen him express frustration or fury, that means he's comfortable enough to let down his guard around you.
6. She's said, "I need your help" It's hard for a boss to admit she doesn't have an answer, and if you're the one she turns to, that speaks volumes about your skills – and your relationship.
7. You weigh in on new staff Nothing shapes a team more than, well, The Team. So if your boss asks you for your opinion about new employees, consider that a major vote of confidence.
8. She knows details of your life True, she may have a brilliant PA who keeps track of staffers' birthdays and the names of their kids, but if she's remembering nitty-gritty ("So, how was your cat's hernia surgery?") it's because she cares.
9. He explains himself A boss who believes in you will explain why your idea won't work because he's certain that once you have all the details, you'll be able to craft an idea that will.10. She talks about the Big Picture When your boss shares her strategic ideas, she views you as a partner, not just another employee. So if you've been wanting to hit her up for a promotion, now's the time. It's the new year, so just do it.