On several occasions, where I've made a breakthrough in my (highly intellectual, but non-academic) work, I feel accomplished and very proud of my achievement. But, when I go and tell my boss about that some of the verbatim replies I've received were:
- "I feel jealous that you have that satisfaction." or
- "I feel annoyed that I couldn't do that myself."
This is never accompanied with "Well done" or "Good job". etc.
These responses makes me feel a bit down and I'm not sure how to react. I'm not a native speaker of English but he is. In my culture, this is rude and crude to say and I'm not sure if he means well... It doesn't feel that way.
Is this normal in a professional setting in an English-speaking Western country (Australia)? Or would native speakers feel the same way I do?