What Is Micromanagement?

Micromanagement refers to a management style that emphasizes excessive control over the work of others, right down to the smallest detail.

How to Identify Micromanagement?

Clues to identify micromanagement situations include:

  • A manager who has difficulty delegating
  • A high number of follow-up meetings
  • Lack of confidence in employees’ abilities
  • High staff turnover
  • Perfectionism
  • Obsession with details
  • Lack of access to information
  • Lack of transparency

Why Do People Micromanage?

People may practice micromanagement for several reasons, such as:

  • They lack perspective on their work
  • They feel trapped between the requests of senior management and the those of their team members
  • They give too much importance to details
  • They lack self-confidence
  • They lack leadership
  • They want to take credit for the success of others

What Are Some Examples of Micromanagement?

Examples of micromanagement include:

  • A manager who insists on proofreading all emails sent to customers
  • A manager who makes a detailed list of all tasks to be accomplished and how they are to be carried out
  • A manager who doesn’t want employees to answer customers’ questions on the phone, and does it for them
  • A manager who systematically verifies everything after employees have completed a task

How Do You Tell a Manager to Stop Micromanaging?

There are several strategies to tell a manager that they must stop micromanaging their team, such as:

  • Having an honest and transparent discussion about how micromanagement affects employees’ work, focusing on tangible examples and repercussions
  • Trying to gain the micromanager’s trust by following up with them
  • Talking to a representative of the human resources department to ask for help
  • Setting clear limits and expressing oneself clearly when micromanaging prevents certain tasks from progressing

Why Is Micromanagement a Toxic Management Practice?

Micromanagement is a toxic management practice because it makes employees feel less competent than they really are, and can affect their self-confidence.

Micromanagement creates a great deal of tension within a team and prevents employees from developing their knowledge and skills. It hinders the advancement of a team and a company, and contributes to tarnishing relations between employees.

What Are the Consequences of Micromanagement?

Micromanagement can cause:

  • Poor employee performance
  • A decrease in employee motivation and commitment
  • Less creativity and innovation
  • A deterioration in interpersonal relations
  • An increase in burnout
  • An increase in errors
  • The creation of a toxic work environment

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