How To Tactfully Tell An Employee She Is Bossy?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about bossy employee: I supervise a team of five people. One member of my team, while a very experienced worker, consistently bosses her co-workers around. At times she even attempts to tell me how to do my job, and asks me to delegate her duties to others.

I supervise a team of five people. One member of my team, while a very experienced worker, consistently bosses her co-workers around. At times she even attempts to tell me how to do my job, and asks me to delegate her duties to others. I don’t want to discourage her from offering her ideas and suggestions, but I do need to have a talk with her about how inappropriate it is for her to treat her co-workers (and me) this way. Can you offer any suggestions on tactful ways to broach the subject, and constructive ways to phrase these concerns without sounding like I’m attacking her?

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