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Babysitter or Boss? 4 Ways to Handle Micromanagement

Posted by Anh Mai on Mar 28, 2012 9:28:00 AM

micromanaging bossDo you ever feel like your boss acts more like a babysitter than a manager? Micromanagement can be frustrating; however, there is hope. Stop being frustrated. If you have a boss who refuses to give you space, then try these 4 steps to improve your situation:

1. Focus on your job.

No matter the situation, in the workplace you always need to focus on doing your job, and doing it well. If you feel micromanaged, it may be because you failed at a task or missed a deadline in the past. Your boss may feel you need to be watched more closely to ensure that expectations are met. By focusing on doing your job well and continually producing more positive results, there will be no need for micromanagement and you should see an improvement in your relationship with your boss.

2. Be honest and respectful.

If you feel that you are dealing with an overbearing and micromanaging boss, then I recommend confronting your boss openly and honestly about the situation. Resist the temptation to badmouth or gossip about your boss to others, that could come back to haunt you. If you need to vent, limit your audience to your spouse or another confidant, but no one close to your office or coworkers. The reality is that if you are feeling this way, it is better to tackle the situation head on than let it fester and cause further problems.

3. Propose constructive solutions.

When speaking with your boss, offer positive suggestions on how to develop your relationship with him or her. You may discover that your boss micromanages because he or she would like to be informed at all times. If this is the case, you could propose giving your manager daily updates or reports so that he feels more like a part of the team and is always up-to-date.

4. Be a true team player.

Make sure your boss understands that you are on the same side. Let him or her know that your goals align with the company’s mission and that you are both working toward achieving that mission. Put yourself in your boss's shoes and try to understand the pressure he or she is under to constantly produce results.

Following these steps should reduce your frustration, improve your job satisfaction, and could possibly even advance your career. Your boss will start to see you as a valuable addition to the team and you will feel better knowing you have a handle on the situation.

Author: Jaylyn Schumpert
Source: Profiles International

What are your thoughts on micromanagement? How have you handled being micromanaged? 

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Topics: Workplace Management, Leadership Skill Improvement, Training and Development in Business

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