How To Handle A Subordinate Who Criticizes Me?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about one subordinate who criticizes her boss: She will make fun of something about me, entertaining the others, and seems to find it all very amusing.

I supervise a group of women who get along well with each other. I have learned that one of them often makes negative remarks about me. She will often instigate this dialogue by asking one of her co-workers what they thought of an email I sent to the group and put a negative spin on things.

She will make fun of something about me, entertaining the others, and seems to find it all very amusing. She had a few problems in years past, but has corrected those. She is an average employee, but I have given her bonuses for good work and several thank you notes.I have other work to do besides supervising these employees but I do help them out now and then when help is needed with work.I want to address this with her but am not sure of the best way to go about doing so. She is very popular with her coworkers and I don’t want to alienate them. How do I target her behavior without appearing to target her?

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