There is a fine line between a dedicatedly involved boss and a micromanager. Although being concerned with anything that impacts a business or a company is appreciable yet taking it too far by keeping constant checks on other team members’ progress can be suffocating. Micromanagers remain anxious about others slacking off and not fulfilling their responsibilities. A few tell-tale signs of a micromanager are as follows:
Micromanagers tend to be very picky when it comes to the process of handling a task. For them, any work is either being handled ‘the right way’ (read: their own way) or the ‘wrong way’. Delegating tasks to others leaves them in jitters and others’ autonomous actions become unbearable for them.
As micromanagers’ ideas are often contained in restrictive parameters, therefore they lack creativity. Those around them have to follow strict guidelines which douses their innovation and enthusiasm. Such attitude turns even passionate employees run of the mill and may make them detest their work environment.
Exemplary managerial skills include healthy communication and decision making, whether some colleagues still disagree on that stance. However, micromanagers are less self-assured and require consensus or task forces to back up their decisions. For that, they carry out long meetings, hence creating exhausting situation for the coworkers.
Another significant trait of micromanagers is the lack of leadership qualities like resource building and professional transformation of the employees. Micromanagers are more concerned with tasks being carried out through control and authority rather than instilling trust and motivation in their subordinates. This untowardly attitude makes them uneasy companions at workplace.
Being the control freaks that they are, micromanagers are OCD when it comes to reports. They require reports from everyone at their team for every hour of the 9 to 5 routine which wears down even the brightest employees. Rather than dreading delay in the task itself, subordinates of micromanagers dread the consequences of not reporting their tea-breaks or nature-calls as micromanagers analyze their work hours with a stopwatch.
In short, micromanagement is a behavior pattern that disrupts collective output from coworkers. Effective management tools should be adopted and adhered to for strong team building and lasting success.