Should I address my team lead (possibly) talking about me?
August 3,2021 at 3:05AM UTC
I am a manager of a team of 8 folks. One of my employees put in his resignation last week, this is his last week. He has made it very known to me that he blames me for his leaving the company. Now that he put in his resignation, he's curt with me and often sarcastic.
I recently promoted a young employee to be the team lead. The guy who's leaving is cross-training the new lead.
I walked in on them today and have a suspicion that they were talking about me - probably disparaging me. I got this feeling because of their body language and how they greeted me when I walked in.
I called them to my office so we could discuss the status of the cross-training and every time I turned my head to look at my computer I could see in my peripheral that he was looking at her and rolling his eyes or signaling in some way.
At this point, he's leaving so I don't care what he's doing. He's been problematic for a long time. My concern is my new team lead. She's young, impressionable, I've really taken her under my wing to mentor her, given her a substantial raise, constantly praise her and give her constructive feedback. I open doors for her and introduce her to folks that could help her in her future career. So, I'm stunned to feel this "vibe" that they were talking about me and gesturing behind my back.
I don't know for sure what they were saying, or even if it's about me. It's just a feeling I got.
So my question is this: Should I address this with her? If so, how do I go about it? I've always heard the advice "what other say or think about you, is none of your business" and for the most part I agree. So should I press her on this? I have no hard evidence, I don't want to come off as paranoid.
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