7 Signs Your Boss Is Micromanaging You
And What You Can Do About It
Micromanagement is toxic.
It’s the worst form of management that destroys all human creativity and growth.
As Simon Sinek says, it creates a work environment with fear where people focus more on keeping their jobs than helping out their peers and winning as a team and organization.
And with many companies under tough financial conditions right now where many are laying off in mass, the risk of finding yourself in such a damaging environment is higher than ever before.
For you who are on the front lines with the customer, having a boss who is tracking your every single move can lead to severe mental health and burnout.
So, here are 7 signs your manager may be micromanaging you and the best solutions to overcome this situation:
Every Task Needs Approval
You find yourself always asking for approval on every single task.
An Obsession with Constant Updates
Your manager always wants to know what you are working on and asks for frequent updates on your progress, almost on a daily basis.
Lack of Trust
Micromanagers often have a lack of trust in their team which leads to excessive monitoring and control.
Lack of Autonomy
You feel like you have little to no freedom to make decisions or take ownership of your work.
Your manager is just dumping all these emails on you several times a day, leading to information overload, confusion, and frustration.
Resists Delegating Work
Your manager has difficulty delegating tasks and whenever he/she does, prefers to control every aspect of your work.
High Turnover of Employees
A potential sign of micromanagement that ends up affecting your team’s morale and productivity.
As a customer success professional, dealing with such a micromanaging boss can be extremely tough.
But there are ways to overcome these challenges and address the situation.
How To Deal With A Micromanager
Have an open and honest conversation with your manager about how their management style affects your work and the team.
Focus on outcomes, not just activities.
What matters are the results you’re delivering. Stick to it and document the impact.
Communicate often with your micromanager to keep them informed of your progress and set expectations.
Make it clear that you are capable of doing your job without constant supervision.
Put it in writing
Write down your boundaries to avoid ambiguity and ensure that your expectations are clear.
Start a dialogue
Talk to your micromanager about how their behavior makes you anxious and see how you can work together on a common ground.
Anticipate their demands
Give regular updates and ask for advice to make your boss feel in control.
Reinforce good behavior
When your micromanager respects your boundaries, reinforce that behavior to encourage them to continue.
Look for Feedback
Be proactive, and ask for feedback on your work.
It will help you showcase your skills and reduce the need for constant updates.
Deliver great work no matter what. Meet deadlines as you can.
It’s easy to blame. So always come up with solutions, not just problems.
Document specific situations of your micromanager's behavior and use this evidence to support your concerns.
Reach out for Support
If the situation does not improve at all, bring the topic to HR or a higher-level manager to address the issue.
So, if your boss is micromanaging you at your current work, I’d urge you to talk about it with him/her, and ultimately seek support if things don’t improve over time.
Here’s how Steve Jobs describes the best way to manage people:
You've got the skills, the drive, and the solutions.
So, take charge, and move on.
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