I have worked for 10 years for a small company, 28 employees. The owner, my manager, is kind-hearted and generous, sometimes to a fault, but on the flip-side, she has a tendency to default into thinking that people are taking advantage, stealing from her or will steal, or behaving suspiciously, when in fact she just doesn't have all the facts, so she makes knee-jerk decisions. Any suggestions on how to approach her about this, or even if I should?
One of my former employer (and owner of the small company where I was working) drove to work 2 days after getting hemorrhoids surgery, when he was supposed to lay flat in bed and rest. Reason? He thought that without him watching on us we would slack the entire day and steal time from the company.
As an underling you can do pretty much nothing about this: anything you may say can trigger her paranoia into thinking you are plotting something against her, ending up in making your work life miserable.
If the paranoid behavior is annoying you and affects your working, I suggest:
Short term: try to make visible what and why you are doing things to deflect her paranoia from you.
Long term: search for a more healthy employment.