Micromanagement. It’s a curse word in the business world. We don’t like to hear it mentioned and definitely don’t like to experience it. Unfortunately, it happens, even if you try to tell yourself it doesn’t.
To manage or control with excessive attention to minor details. (Dictionary.com)
What exactly is a micro manager? I have my own way to describe them, which is as follows: They’re self-centered, insecure, territorial people who require attention and respect from others, with no restrictions to obtain it.
From my experience, micro managers do not possess the skills necessary for the job they’ve been hired for. They seek out people who, according to them, perform at a lower level, and then take advantage knowing that these people will be at their beck and call to fulfill tasks on their behalf. Even with this power, they will still go out of their way to place blame on those who act on their behalf, if and when necessary. Over time, this power will fade out as those serving under them will finally move on, and then they’re left to fend for themselves.
It should be noted that there are both positive and negative effects to being micromanaged.
The Positive: It may be hard to understand how there can be any positive outcomes to being micromanaged, but there are. If you’re strong, it allows for an opportunity to overcome stressful outcomes as well as an understanding for how managers function and what their needs are/may be. Plus, it can help you build a thick skin for the future. See, there are benefits. Unfortunately, you have to experience and, hopefully, understand what positive elements you can take away from it.
The Negative: Micromanaging people doesn’t always lead to a positive outcome. The negative impact it has on people produces many results, most of which are not pretty. It increases a sense of distrust (between managers and their team) and stress while decreasing creativity and communication. Because of their possessive personality, micro managers will be the ones who run the show while forcing you to abide by their rules, which can result in negative (campaign/work) results and put blame on you. They’ll throw you under the bus whenever they can. This is what they do, and it’s never going to stop.
How do you know you’re a micro manager? Here are some tips:
- You create an unhealthy work environment.
- You interfere with the creative process.
- You’re territorial and refuse to allow others to have any say in what you do.
- You watch every move an employee makes and are sure to let them know about it.
- You dictate what you want, but do not provide any assistance on how to accomplish it.
- You criticize and/or discredit a person’s experience/work because you’re not capable of doing so. This fits more along the lines of jealousy.
Overall, there’s a benefit to being a micro manager: No one will want to work with you, and you’ll be left all alone. That’s what they want, right? Consider it done.