Dealing with Micromanagement

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Do you have a boss that keeps telling you what to do? Are you being micromanaged? This is a severe problem, not necessary for you, but for sure for your manager. The problem with micromanagement issues is diverse. You feel like you can’t breathe, develop and grow in your role at work. You feel supervised and unappreciated. But there is hope, and you do not need to quit your job just yet.

Remember You are Dealing With People

Human behavior is a great thing to know more about when you are dealing with people, and when it comes down to work relations, you are dealing with people. You must get to know this person that is micromanaging you. Why do you think you are being micromanaged in the first place? Is there a certain topic that is causing the micromanagement?

Are you a manager?
You might be micromanaging.
Take a look at this article about Consequences of Micromanagement

So a quick look at human behavior
Ivan Pavlov was a clever man dealing with Classical Conditioning, and researched making connections between action and response. So to be more specific, create good connections with the action you want to see more of. If your manager gives you space, appreciate it by saying how much you appreciate the trust you are receiving, and that you feel that you are working well under these conditions. Appreciate how the manager is dealing with external affairs, and the manager might tend to do more of what is being appreciated. Just do not start to electrocute the manager for the wrong behavior and you are home safe.

Take a Deep Look in the Mirror

Are you completing jobs duties as required? I have met leaders that micromanage when it is necessary to get things done. If your results are poor, chances are that you are either being micromanaged or replaced. If this is the case, first of all make an extra effort to learn your job better and perform as expected.

There are two roles when it comes to micromanagement, the managers and yours. Your boss might not necessarily be the problem. Try to look at yourself. And try to evaluate yourself as if you were your boss. Do you get a bad feeling? You might be looking directly at the problem.

TIP: Be Proactive it Might get You the Slack You Need. Be aware, observe when people micromanage, and try to be one step ahead. If they need to micromanage someone else to get things done, make sure that you get it done first. I have a personal trick whenever any of my co-workers are being criticized for something. I write it down, and make sure that I never do the same thing myself.

The Micromanaging Ghost

Managers are sometime in their history promoted from somewhere. If you are doing the managers old job, micromanagement can be a huge problem, as the old manager is still feeling attached to their old job. It might be hard to fight this one. But try to open up and respect that there is a lot of experience and knowledge to be gained from this manager. Try to praise the job that has been done and seek knowledge from the source.

HOT TIP: Ask for a meeting and discuss what was good, and what errors to avoid. This might disarm the micromanager as he/she might feel trust.

Micromanagement Summary

Dealing with a micromanager is never easy, it is necessary for you to have patience, be smart and proactive. Use your eyes and ears as they might give you some clues. Normally, all the micromanager is interested in is getting the job done. So maybe all you need to do is make sure that you do it before the micromanager micromanages? Do you have further advice to help my readers who are coping with micromanagement? Please do comment.

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4 Comments on "Dealing with Micromanagement"

  1. Hi Ron,
    How did that make you feel? And is micromanaging the reason you wrote “I have had” – did this make you quit?


  2. I have had manager who would even visit my seat to see when did i get off from it. I have seen micro management is done by those who lack knowledge and know nothing about the job being done.

  3. Frode Heimen | June 1, 2010 at 7:07 pm |

    Hi Gina, welcome back 🙂 Thank you for the kind words.

  4. I have also found it to be the case that some managers who micromanage their staff due so because they are insecure in their position as manager – they feel as if they need to control everything so that they get all the credit, they are seen as doing a good job, and, if they are worried about their skills and abilities, that they are seen as needed by the company because they have to oversee everything that happens in their company.

    I enjoyed your post Frode!

    Best regards,

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