Can we talk about micromanagement and how it’s hurting our work?

Micromanagement, we all hate it and yet it is an epidemic that we see across the world.

Why it’s bad

It kills creativity, productivity and generally fosters and environment that nobody wants to be a apart of.

Don’t believe me? Check out this article.

Who micromanagement harms

Everyone, plain and simple. Have you ever met anyone who has said, “My manager watches my every move and it feels so good!”. Most likely not, if you want further proof, here are some examples.

How to spot a micromanager

In my time with micromanagers, here are the characteristics that I found to be true:

  • Controlling
  • Berates vs. constructive criticism
  • Negative attitude when employees ask for advice/help
  • Lack of confidence in their abilities, which causes extra scrutiny of employees’
  • Lack of trust between employees and themselves

These are just to name a few, I’m sure we can all think of some that ring true within the above list.

What to do about it

I solemnly believe that people quit their bosses and not their jobs. I also believe that you should not leave a good company because of a bad boss.

Below are some strategies that I have used:

  • Talk it out – I have had a very direct conversation with bosses about the situation not working. Some times it works, some times it doesn’t. Regardless, I find it’s a good place to start
  • Ask a mentor – While not a direct fix to the actual problem, I have found mentors can give insights into how to handle the situation or give past examples that have worked for them
  • Earn trust – if you can gain your managers trust, it can quell many of the controlling behaviors. Ask what they need, listen, clarify and execute

At the end of the day, you can always move on. I do not recommend this as the first course of action and sometimes it is necessary. HBR also gives some great tips in addition to, and elaborating on the above.

Is it just in the workplace?

It is not, you can see it in personal relationships as well as romantic ones. I think it is important for us to talk about how we manage others and our expectations, so we are better aware of how we come across and understanding what others need to feel supported.

What’s next, Ryan?

Well, article is over, so watch a cute video of a dog on the internet?

Oh, wait! There is something – tell someone how great of a job they are doing. Whether that is personal or professional, gratitude helps to eliminate a lot of bad behaviors and no one was ever hurt by feeling appreciated.

Carry on!

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