Imagine what would have happened if during the construction of the Great Wall of China the foremen were checking the quality of laying each brick. Probably, in this case, it would have been built so far. Of course, you need to control the workflow, but in moderation. Excessive custody of chiefs can lead to deterioration in the work of employees. Let’s try to understand what micromanagement is and what harm it can bring to your company.
Attention! Especially dangerous: micromanagement
Micromanagement is a management method in which the manager keeps under control virtually every step of subordinates.
Such a boss puts a taboo on independence; as a result, employees stop thinking and do everything strictly according to instructions, turning almost into zombies. Let’s see what the micromanagement leads to:
- Initiativelessness Subordinates cease to develop, creative and offer interesting ideas. Why should they reinvent the wheel if the bosses still redo everything the way he likes?
- Lack of team spirit. Each employee is for himself, he is not interested in what is happening in the company, because he cannot influence the course of events. Employees of the company absorbed by micromanagement do not unite anything, except for the place of work. Well, just like a zombie: from what they have in common, only the proximity of the graves, from which they have risen.
- Professional burnout. If you take care of everything, constantly monitor everything, then, in the end, you will soon have a battery. And while you are charging, your subordinates will not be able to cope with their work. Returning to the system, you will still feel like a squeezed lemon, will begin to more closely control employees and everything will go around in a circle again.
It turns out that micromanagement can harm not only the companies, subordinates but also you. Someday there will definitely come a day when you will no longer feel like an all-powerful commander at the head of the pumped-up fighters. Take off your rose-colored glasses and see a crowd of live zombies in front of you.
How to recognize the disease before infection?
Quite often, bosses ignore excessive control and think that everyone in the team is fine. But the danger of this terrible disease lies in the fact that to recognize it yourself is almost impossible.
And the staff certainly will not contradict the boss and tell him that he goes too far. Therefore, we advise you to talk with subordinates and get their opinion, but first, try to make a diagnosis yourself. So, signs that you are a micromanager:
- spend a lot of time on operational tasks to the detriment of strategic issues;
- consider that there are only two options: yours and the wrong;
- react hard to any criticism;
- do not approve the initiative and independence;
- rarely satisfied with the performance of subordinates;
- question the competence of employees;
- you prefer to solve most of the tasks yourself;
- constantly wondering how work is progressing.
If at least two of these points are suitable for you, then you need to think about your style of company management. Do not let everything take its course, engage in the treatment of micro-management, otherwise, it will affect your company and employees.
And you will be cured, and you too will be cured … and I will be cured!
The very first step to recovery is to realize that you are sick. After this, it is necessary to understand what makes perfectionism dangerous and how to deal with it. There are many treatments, but they all require time and patience.
You must understand that subordinates are accustomed to a certain style of work and will have to rebuild not only you but also them.
First, analyze your workday, write it down by the hour, see what you spend the most time on. Select only those tasks that are in your duties, the rest entrust subordinates.
An excellent solution would be to convene a meeting and admit to the staff that there is a problem. Ask your subordinates for help and expand their authority. And most importantly – learn to trust your employees – and then you will be able to quickly recover from this terrible disease.
Now you understand what micromanagement is and how to deal with it. But keep in mind that in some cases, constant monitoring of the workflow is inevitable.
The main thing here is not to overdo it, allow your employees to fulfill their duties because you pay them for that.