What do you want advice on? You've given yourself a perk that pissed someone off because you think you're a more important employee than everyone else. It is what it is.
By the way, I have 43 employees and the business doesn't directly pay for parking for any of them including me. We pay for reserved parking for our CUSTOMERS. All of our employees - including me - can pay for parking in the garage or we can park on the street and walk a couple blocks or we can take the bus or ride a bike or....
Yes as manager I do get perks, but they are private between the business owner and myself, not rubbed in the face of the staff. If I want my boss to pay for my parking, I negotiate that into my salary which is information the rest of the staff doesn't have access to.
"it is my right as manager to decide who parks in the designated spots" It's also the owner's or Director's right to over-ride your decision or fire you if your management style creates a morale or high-turnover problem.
My advice? Learn to be more discreet and don't over-estimate your importance.
No one here knows if this employee who is "beside herself" is generally a drama queen or if there is an underlying problem with your leadership and she has finally blown her gasket. You gave zero information about what "absolutely beside herself" means in specific terms so no one here can really tell you how to handle it. I'd really need to know more about the dynamics of what's going on in the big picture. Sometimes tantrums like this are just unreasonable people who need to go and sometimes they are symptoms of a bigger underlying problem.
P.S. There is absolutely nothing inherently wrong with you and the Director having reserved parking spots, but there were other more graceful ways to make that happen other than you bestowing that very visible perk on your own self.
Twenty-seven years of successfully managing a business.
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