Management Bug: People Micromanaged

A MngtBug is a problem, cause or impact in a human manager’s decision which produces an incorrect or unexpected result.
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This week’s “People Micromanaged” is an overwhelmingly common problem.

By definition, micromanagement is the act of controlling every part of a situation, including small details.
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Micromanagement is generally considered to have a negative connotation because it shows a lack of freedom in the workplace.
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This style of management is demoralizing and counter-intuitive, as the desire for control to make sure everything goes to plan only creates more problems in the long-term.
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Some of the typical symptoms you can watch out for on Team Leaders and Managers:

  • Resist delegating work
  • Immerse themselves in work assigned to others
  • Look at the detail instead of the big picture
  • Discourage others from making decisions
  • Get involved in the work of others without consulting them
  • Monitor what’s least important and expect regular reports on the miscellany
  • Push aside the experience and knowledge of colleagues
  • Loose loyalty and commitment
  • Focus on the wrong priorities
  • Have a demotivated team

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When you micromanage, you’re telling the employee that you don’t trust them enough to work on their own and still produce good results. At some point, the micromanager themselves can’t keep up with everything, leading to either mistake due to oversight or burnout.
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Known Associates

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This MngtBug has been mentioned with several MngtFixes such as…

“Employees Achievement Recognition”,
“Job Descriptions Definition”,
“Leadership Training”,
“Roles and Ownership Definition”
and of course “Delegation Poker Implementation”!

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Eduardo Espinheira is a Consultant, Facilitator, Manager, Public Speaker, Creator of the Management Bugs&Fixes and the Machiavellian PM Stories

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