Are you a micromanager? sometimes termed a control freak? well sadly most micromanagers will answer by no ! as they do not feel that they are micromanaging.
Actually many people will feel insulted if they are called micromanagers.Â The effects of this are huge on you, your employees, and the organization.
Below are some of the signs that you are a micromanager who doesn’t know it, as well as its effects:
If you cannot delegate, or simply delegate the easy or boring tasks, then you are micromanaging. Being a good manager means being able to send out the right tasks to the right employees. A good manager is a good delegator. You might be able to handle all the key tasks if you have a small team, but with a larger team not all the time in the world will allow you to perform everything on your own. Think about it, why would you even have a team if you cannot delegate?! Your company will also be thankful if you focus on bigger things, business development for example (No employer will say no to this!)
Self-Centered Decision Making
Restricting every decision to be made by you is another form of micromanagement. You need to give your employees flexibility in taking their own decisions, in being liable and responsible for taking the right decision, in feeling they are trusted and have certain control which will increase their productivity.
No Room For Suggestions
If you do not listen to what your employees suggest, or have problems accepting ideas and suggestions, that is another sign. Having an open mind is another form of great management. Newsflash: Not all great ideas come through you, other people have brains, expertise, and can help you grow and perform better.
Do you ask for too many reports? unnecessary daily detailed reports? Then you have reportomania (that’s not a biological disease, only another symptom of micromanagement). Wasting your employees time also in writing detailed reports while they can be performing better tasks, and providing less frequent and less detailed reports that will show you the overall scheme of their performance.
Running Away Employees
As has been said before, employees leave their manager not the organization (check out our article about this topic). If your employees are leaving, or are stressed all the time, you need to rethink your management style, and this might be an AHHA moment to know you are micromanaging!
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