Micromanaging is defined as the act of controlling everything, even the smallest detail. If you think this is some sort of godlike ability, itâ€™s not. This is what your manager does when he keeps popping up in your booth and asking â€œwhat are you doing?â€ or â€œarenâ€™t you finished with the papers yet?â€ If youâ€™re a martial arts master, Iâ€™m here to tell you that micromanaging will not improve your schoolâ€™s work output. It may seem that work gets done faster when youâ€™re cracking your whip, but in the end, youâ€™re just doing yourself a disservice.
Micromanaging is detrimental to your employee. It destroys morale, affects a staff memberâ€™s physical and mental health, which in turn decreases the quality of work that is being produced. You know that looking for the right employees is a hard thing to do right? So stop micromanaging and let your employees enjoy a bit of working freedom.
Here are some of the things that you can do on how to stop micromanaging.
Admit it if youâ€™re micromanaging, If not you, then it may be the team leader, or the supervisor, or some of your managers. If you know who are micromanaging in your school, then talk to them in a room where you canâ€™t be heard by the other team members. If you expose micromanagers in front of your other employees, then it will paint a bad picture on the people who manage your team.
Know the Reason
There is always a reason why managers micromanage. It can be their style, or it can be the fault of the employees that they oversee. There are a lot of reasons why this sort of thing happens. Know the cause and take steps to prevent and abolish it.
Set Them Free, but With Accountability
People dislike deadlines. But if you let me choose between a deadline and a controlling boss, then Iâ€™ll choose the deadline instead. If you want to be trusted by your team, then trust them to do their work at their own pace and timing, in their style and way of working. But donâ€™t let this be a sign of weakness in your part. Set some deadlines and hold them accountable if they fail to finish the task. Itâ€™s okay if they make mistakes, but let them know that they should not make the same mistake again. Committing mistakes maybe taboo for you, but itâ€™s a good way to learn things out, as long as itâ€™s not repeated.
Micromanaging doesnâ€™t just make your business weak. It also tires you out because, without knowing it, youâ€™re doing everybodyâ€™s work. So take a chill pill and quit this bad habit. Your employees will thank you for it.