The Pitfalls of Micromanagement

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Micromanagement is the management style where the team leader obsessively tries to control each and every aspect of the project or business. The micromanager does not allow members of the team to perform their jobs and constantly issues instructions and seeks feedback. In today's world, micromanagers would aptly be described as control freaks.

Micromanagers are looked at in negative light because of the negative impact that they can have on a project or business. Some of the pitfalls of micromanaging are as follows:

  • One of the most common pitfalls of micromanagement is the resentment it builds up in employees. Employees detest micromanagers passionately. People like to feel that the skills for which they were hired for are trusted. Some micromanagers can literally drive their employees crazy due to what sometimes borders on pettiness, such as returning a report because a "comma" was left out or "Arial" font was used instead of "Times New Roman." Employee resentment can lead to high staff turnover. It could also lead to lack of innovation when employees hold back ideas and solutions, basically refusing to think and following instructions like robots even when they know the boss is wrong.
  • Micromanagement can also cause the team leader to lose focus on other aspects of the business or project. Losing sight of the bigger picture. This becomes a big problem if the micro manager is a senior manager in the organization. According to the small business resource centre, "The higher the level of management, the more dangerous this becomes. If a CEO or COO becomes obsessed with production issues, he may loosen his grasp on things like sales and marketing or operations. By the time he fixes the production issue the point has become moot because sales have dried up.

In conclusion, there are no set rules to determine whether or not you are a micromanager. The best way to find out is to ask yourself whether you are constantly calling your employees phone extension or shuttling between your office and theirs. You may also be requesting constant feedback via e-mail and reports.

To avoid micromanagement, it is advised that you provide your employees with detailed project descriptions and confirm that they fully understand the project or task before they begin. You should then set longer milestones during which you can assess the project progress and give guidance if necessary. As part of avoiding micromanagement, you should involve your staff in decision making. Make them feel that their input is valued and respected. Inspire and lead them. Allow them to make decisions that affect their section and let them take responsibility. This way you will avoid micromanagement and pitfalls that come with it.

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This article was published on 2010/04/03