Correcting without Lecturing
August 21, 2012 7:22 AM Subscribe
How do indicate your disapproval with a superior's action without lecturing?
posted by Kurichina to Work & Money (10 answers total)
I've been at a new job for roughly 2 months now, and while it's mostly good, I'm noticing that my boss tends to make comments about other employees that I don't think are entirely appropriate. For example, we're divided up into 2 groups, both of which she manages. In a meeting with my group she bad-mouthed the other group and said, "every one of them has messed up in the past month" and didn't say in what way. I think that the performance of a different group of employees isn't really an appropriate topic to discuss with me, especially in such a vague manner that doesn't illuminate anything as far as my work goes and really can't accomplish anything other than undermine the sense of comradery between the workers.
It also makes me uncomfortable because I wonder what she says about me when I'm not around.
Being very new, I'm not sure how I can bring this up, but I do think that I should address it personally in some way. If she does it again, it there a "light" way I can indicate that I don't think that it's something I should know about? I want to gently correct her, not lecture or wag my finger, but I can't think of how to do that.