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MicroManagement 101 – stop it without loosing your job January 12, 2012

Posted by TelUS Consulting Services in Job Opportunities.

Having a boss who scrutinizes your work, your whereabouts, or tells you precisely how to do things is frustrating. If you have an overly controlling manager, try these three things:

  1. Don’t fight it. Don’t be defiant against the behavior. That will only cause your manager to distrust you and get more involved. Not a good thing for either you or your boss.
  2. Understand the cause. Is your boss under immense pressure?  Does he not have the right skills for the job?  Is he/she insecure in his or her own position? Know what worries your boss and try to address his concerns.

Keep your boss in the loop. Micromanagers are often motivated by anxiety. Proactively keep your manager informed of your progress. Be detailed in your updates. Schedule regular check-ins or send unprompted emails that help them feel part of the process. Past experience has proven, you can never update a micromanager too much.

I myself have worked for several micromanagers, some successfully and some not so successfully. The key is to get to understand what motivates your manager to get so involved. Once you can achieve that you can begin to address his or her needs more precisely.

Joe Buck, NCE

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