Especially in the workplace, micromanagers can kill motivation, creativity, and overall productivity.
It’s safe to say that a micromanager is one whose management style is obsessively controlling of the creativity and freedom of their staff or subordinate. It is one who has an “it’s my way or the highway” managing style.
When I think of a micromanager, specific thoughts and terms come to mind:
- Control freak
- Lacks confident in their management role
- So annoying!!!
I saw a Somee card graphic/meme online states, ” I perform better under strict micromanagement, said NO employee ever.” After I LAUGHED OUT LOUD (for real), I thought about the sad reality of that sarcastic meme that many good employees are faced 40+ hours a week. A few questions come to my mind when I think of micromanagers in the workplace, like:
- Do these people, identified as micromanagers, know they are micromanaging their subordinates?;
- Is executive leadership aware of the micromanagers who are driving employees crazy and stealing the organization’s productivity?
- Is it possible, micromanagers see their style as strategic and effective to their employer and staff retention?
I’ve read articles that offer ways for the affected staff member(s) to change their approach in dealing with the “micromanager”, but none that suggest how leadership assesses and fixes the problem of how micromanagers are killing motivation, creativity, and productivity. Is there help for good employees who HATE coming to work and have increased absenteeism just for their own sanity?
Do organizations understand the COST OF A BAD BOSS? Have you experienced having a micromanager or were you ever told you were a micromanager? COMMENT BELOW…
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