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How Micromanagement Destroys Your Team and Ways to Avoid It

When you work in an office, there are a couple of things that you certainly do not like. One of these is being micromanaged by your boss. Now, this is not backed by data whatsoever, but most people I know don't like being micromanaged.

What is micromanagement? How bad is it to micromanage your team members? Is it too late for a micromanager to change? How can you avoid micromanaging your team?

All these questions will be answered in this piece. So sit tight, and make sure your boss is not looking over your shoulder while reading this one.

What is Micromanagement?

Micromanagement is a leadership style in which a manager closely controls and monitors the work of subordinates. This can involve close supervision, frequent questioning, and detailed instructions. Micromanagers often have difficulty delegating tasks and may feel they can only do the job correctly. As a result, micromanagement can lead to feelings of frustration and resentment among employees. It can also stifle creativity and prevent employees from taking the initiative.

In some cases, micromanagement can even be funny. For example, I heard one story from somebody who worked with a manager who would not let them use the office printer until she had approved the documents. They all got pretty good at using PDFs!

While micromanagement is often counterproductive, there are some situations where it may be necessary. For example, when new employees are learning the ropes or a project requires close attention to detail. Ultimately, it’s up to the manager to strike the right balance between control and allowing subordinates the freedom to do their jobs.

Signs that There's Micromanagement in Your Place of Work

So how do you know when there's micromanagement happening in your business? Here are a few signs that tell you that you have micromanagers in your midst.

  • Tasks don't get appropriately delegated.
  • Managers should always be involved in every aspect of their subordinates' work.
  • Superiors closely monitor work progress and feel the need to give detailed instructions.
  • Employees are frustrated and feel resentment toward their superiors
  • Employees don't take the initiative and feel like their creativity is being stifled

If you see these signs in your workplace, somebody is micromanaging.

How Does Micromanagement Affect Your Team?

Micromanagement can have several adverse effects on your team. Here are some of the most common:

Decreases morale

When employees feel like they are being micromanaged, it can lead to decreased morale. This is because micromanagement often makes employees feel like they are not trusted to do their jobs properly. As a result, they may become resentful and less engaged in their work. This can lead to a decrease in productivity and quality of work.

Stifles creativity and innovation

Micromanagement often stifles creativity and innovation. This is because employees may feel like they have to get approval for every little thing they do. As a result, they may be less likely to take risks or try new things. This can limit the creativity of the team as a whole.

Increases stress levels

Micromanagement can also increase stress levels for employees. This is because they may feel like they are constantly being monitored and evaluated. This can lead to anxiety and burnout.

Decreases motivation

When employees are micromanaged, it can decrease their motivation. This is because they may feel like their work is not appreciated or valued. As a result, they may be less likely to put forth their best effort.

Decreases productivity

Micromanagement often decreases productivity as well. This is because employees may feel like they have to do everything perfectly. As a result, they may spend too much time on tasks that are not important. This can lead to a decrease in the overall productivity of the team.

Decreases quality of work.

Micromanagement can also lead to a decrease in the quality of work. This is because employees may feel like they have to hurry through tasks. As a result, they may make more mistakes or produce lower-quality work.

Decreases team unity.

When micromanagement occurs, it can also lead to decreased team unity. This is because employees may start to view each other as competition rather than as teammates. As a result, they may be less likely to cooperate or collaborate.

Increases turnover.

Finally, micromanagement can also lead to increased turnover. This is because employees who are micromanaged may become unhappy and decide to leave the company. As a result, the company may have to spend more time and money training new employees.

Ways to Avoid Micromanaging

If you're a manager, it's essential to be aware of the signs of micromanagement and ways to avoid it. Here are a few tips:

1) Set clear expectations.

One of the best ways to avoid micromanaging is to set clear expectations from the beginning. Make sure your team knows what you expect from them and what the deadlines are for each task.

2) Give employees some autonomy.

Another way to avoid micromanaging is to give employees some autonomy. This means allowing them to make decisions and take action without your approval.

3) Delegate tasks appropriately.

Delegating tasks appropriately is another key to avoiding micromanagement. Make sure you delegate tasks based on each employee's skills and abilities.

4) Trust your team.

One of the most important things you can do to avoid micromanaging is to trust your team. This means trusting that they will do their jobs and that they will do them well.

5) Communicate regularly.

Finally, communicating regularly with your team is also essential. This includes both positive and negative feedback. By communicating regularly, you can build trust and avoid micromanaging.

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