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How to Lead a Team Without Micromanaging

Micromanaging and hovering over is a bad habit some people have, especially in the workplace. Supervisors are not supposed to watch over their employees 24/7. However, some people find that their management keeps constant watch over them. This is necessary to lead a team and may also tarnish interpersonal relationships in the workplace. Workers don’t […]

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Micromanaging and hovering over is a bad habit some people have, especially in the workplace. Supervisors are not supposed to watch over their employees 24/7. However, some people find that their management keeps constant watch over them. This is necessary to lead a team and may also tarnish interpersonal relationships in the workplace. Workers don’t want to feel untrustworthy. However, this is the notion that it creates when their employers keep a bird’s eye view on them at all times. A company’s employees were hired to do a job and should be given a fair opportunity to do so without consistent intervening from management. The signs a person’s boss may be micromanaging are:

  • Constant complaints from boss
  • They don’t pass on their knowledge or skillset
  • Worker feedback goes unnoticed
  • Employees have no say in decision making

Micromanaging drains the life out of employees, rendering them too exhausted to apply themselves fully. It also fosters anxiety, as employees are always looking over their shoulder and waiting for more complaints of dissatisfaction from their employer. This constant bombardment leaves the workplace atmosphere in high stress. Here are ways an employer can facilitate a healthy work environment and mitigate micromanaging.

Have Them Repeat What is Expected

Some people micromanage because they are unsure if the other person understands what is being asked of them. Generally, this happens in work environments that have poor communication. So, management should be as specific as possible when assigning projects and work. Also, they should be open to any questions employees may have if they do not understand. After explaining, a supervisor or boss should ask their employee to repeat the plan of action verbally. That way, management can verify that there is a clear set plan.

You Are Their Overseer, Not Their Parent

As much as an employer may want to see their employees excelling, they must understand that they aren’t their employee’s parents. Those in managerial positions or supervising are overseers. So, hovering over employees to correct every minute potential mistake is unacceptable. Workers should be allowed to perform their jobs unhindered. Management should only act to provide guidance and support to workers.

Dates & DeadlinesSetting specific dates and deadlines for projects is one of the simplest ways to prevent micromanaging. By agreeing to a date that MUST be met, there is no need to worry about any follow-ups.

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Originally published on richardgreathead.uk

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