Four (4) ways of Handling Micromanagement in the Workplace
Working under a micromanaging leader has a way of making the workplace a very stressful one. Bosses who practice Micromanagement have an obsessive way of controlling every details and minutes of the employee.
For a micromanaging boss, while being that way may give you results for a while, it negatively affects your team, your organization, and yourself. You over work your own productivity and you get drained of capacity to get necessary things done. You tend to limit your employees’ development and creativity. Somehow, your team become vulnerable and become used to not functioning properly in your absence or absence of your involvement and to a great extent, low self-esteem creeps in as they believe they aren’t good enough
What is Micromanagement?
According to Wikipedia, in business management, Micromanagement is a negative kind of management where a manager tends to control his employees ,superimpose almost if not all decisions on his employees and limits freedom and creativity in the workplace.
A great way of helping a micromanaging boss change his leadership approach is to encourage him/her to treat his employee as he would love to be treated. To achieve increased productivity in your organisation, micromanaging boss should learn to be more committed to seeing their team grow.
Focus on the big picture and on motivating your employees, you can redirect your efforts to being the most effective manager you can be.
Having a micromanaging boss can be quite suffocating, they always feel the need to tell you how to do what you are obviously good at and keep hovering around you as you work, waiting for a moment to criticise your imperfections at the slightest mistake.
Added to the pressure and mental stress this can cause, micromanaging managers can kill your creativity and burn the bridge between you and opportunities to develop and up your skills.
Do you feel like you are being micromanaged? Here are some tips on how to deal with a micromanaging boss.
1. Manage Your Trust Issues:
For some who practice micromanagement, they may likely be dealing with trust issues.
Come to think of it, what if there’s something you’re not doing right?
Try to look inwards first. Take a sincere look at your work results. Sometimes, it’s safe to ask them if there’s something you need to improve on. Maybe work on arriving earlier, work on beating deadlines comfortably, etc.
Sometimes, they are irked when you don’t deliver the result they expect based on the kind of capacity you have.
2. Strive for Diligence in Your Work:
If you have truthfully searched within and found no grounds for their actions, try to beat them to their game.
How, you ask?
Here it is. If your boss is the type that consistently barge in to check on your work and work progress, try sending him updates on your work progress before they even think of it.
There’s this joy that comes with watching a micromanaging boss helpless with no grounds to leverage on to criticise you.
In all, strive to be more diligent at work.
3. Be More Understanding:
Basically, this is just saying, most times in an office especially the busy ones, not everything gets to be communicated.
What if the boss is under pressure from superiors or deadlines?
A kind gesture here and there could be all the antidote you need. Sometimes, ask if there’s anything you need to do to ease pressure on their own part.
The manager will appreciate the little effort of yours and trust you better with jobs thereby giving you the space you need.
4. Speak More Politely:
If you have tried all these and it doesn’t work, then maybe you should just confront the situation politely.
Be calm about it, avoid speaking up at that moment you are feeling pressured, things could go south.
Calmly let the boss know that you understand the pressure and efforts required in human management, praise him for the efforts he has made.
Then, proceed to asking for an opportunity to earn his trust, ask for sometime of no follow up to compare results.
Sometimes, they might understand you.
But in cases they don’t and feel threatened by your actions, it’s best to lodge an official complain and when that’s not an option, you could as well, learn to work around it.
Conclusively, if your peace of mind continues to be threatened, it’s safe to take a walk. These four tips have been tested and trusted.
Cheers to a more peaceful environment as you implement these strategies.