Micromanagement. It happens all too often, whether we realize it or not.
How do you handle it when it’s dished to you? How do you make sure you don’t dish it to others?
Bosses don’t micromanage because they want to purposefully get on their employees backs about minuscule details, although it may seem this way. But rather, they micromanage because they: a) don’t trust their employees, and b) they have to be in control. Plain and simple. We have to build that trust.
So how can we fix this common matter of micromanagement? Perhaps, try paying more attention to the things your supervisor emphasizes and values. Let’s say that your boss thinks highly of employees being at their desks ready to work, promptly at 9 a.m. sharp. And while you may think that it’s no huge dilemma to be a few minutes late, if you stay late and make up the time at the end of the day. But if punctuality is of great importance to your boss, make it a point to arrive early in the morning, and be back shortly before the lunch hour ends. Ideally, when your boss notices your newfound punctuality, he just might start spending less time riding the micromanagement train.
A boss who is guilty of constantly micromanaging, is typically afraid of losing control if they aren’t constantly staying on top of every single little detail.
How to deal, you ask?
Reassure your boss by providing regular updates on projects without or before he asks about it. More communication means less reasons to micromanage. It also means more positive dialogue between manager and employee, which is always the goal.