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When You're the Micromanager (Part 2 of 2)

Micromanaging
  1. control every part, however small, of (an enterprise or activity). 
It's hard, right? When you're a manager and you want to ensure the work is getting done in the right way and on time.... OR.... you're an employee and you're dealing with a manager who's trying to control and monitor every aspect of your work. 
 
Our last post was written for employees. 
 
Now, what do you do if YOU'RE the micromanager? 
 
First, how do you know if you're micromanaging people? This can be a tough one, but here are some tips to recognize your actions: 
  • You ask for status updates anytime the desire for information pops into your head
  • You don't trust that your employee(s) are working on what you want them to
  • You don't trust that your employees are working, at all, unless you can see them working 
  • With remote work you've implemented, or requested, one of those remote tracking softwares - you know, the things that track keystrokes or eye...
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Dealing with Micromanagers at Work (1 of 2)

 
Micromanaging
  1. control every part, however small, of (an enterprise or activity). 
It's hard, right? When you're a manager and you want to ensure the work is getting done in the right way and on time.... OR.... you're an employee and you're dealing with a manager who's trying to control and monitor every aspect of your work. 
 
Here are some ways to cope, from an employee's perspective. More advice to come for managers!

Ask: What’s the micromanager’s motivation?

People may micromanage for different reasons. Often, they don’t know how else to manage; they may have to deal with a micromanager themselves and require info from you to pass on; or, they may think they’re supporting you by checking on tasks. You may be able to figure this out on your own through reflection and observation, or, you may have to ask them - tactfully - about it. 

Example: “I notice that most of our conversations are about tasks rather than how...

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