I'd like to throw a little problem I have into the mix and get some feedback for those who know better...
We've got one employee who can get very upset fairly easily when she perceives something isn't going her way. She has made a few mistakes, but overall her work is excellent. The trouble is, a few of the mistakes have been picked up on by our MD (there are only a few of us) and he's let it be known that he's not impressed with her in the past.
The trouble is, now she thinks that the smallest thing he says means that she's getting it in the neck - the most recent example is the MD going to a project briefing instead of this employee (for entirely legitimate reasons). This has resulted in comments like 'I'm being sidelined', 'Obviously [MD] doesn't want me to progress' etc.
I'm not her direct line manager, but am one of 3 people reponsible for her devlopment and workload.
Any suggestions on how to deal with this, and encourage her to not take every little thing as a personal slight, would be gratefully received.